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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University August 8, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 41
In Brief


Lenox Baker to serve as next head of JHM board of visitors

Lenox D. Baker Jr., who recently completed a three-year term as chairman of the Johns Hopkins Medicine board of trustees, has been named chairman of the JHM board of visitors. This external committee, composed of 40 friends of Hopkins Medicine, serves as an advisory council to the dean/CEO and focuses its efforts on defining ways to enhance future development.

A graduate of the university and School of Medicine, Baker served as vice chairman of the JHU board. As co-chair of the six-year Johns Hopkins Initiative campaign, which ended in 2000, he was instrumental in helping to raise $1.5 billion for the institutions. With his wife, Frances Watt Baker, also a university and SoM graduate, he funded the Frances Watt Baker, M.D. and Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D. Deanship of the School of Medicine. The endowment provides the dean/CEO with discretionary funds to support special projects.

A cardiac surgeon, Baker is president of Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic Surgeons, a group in Norfolk, Va., and chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He serves on numerous corporate boards.

As chairman of the board of visitors, Baker succeeds C. Michael Armstrong, who became chairman of the JHM board of trustees on July 1.


Hopkins 4K for Cancer cyclists end journey in San Francisco

Lance Armstrong wasn't the only cyclist who spent the summer living strong and spreading the word about cancer prevention and survival. So did 26 college students who pedaled their racing bikes on a coast-to-coast fund-raising journey known as Hopkins 4K for Cancer. A week after Armstrong finished a three-week, 2,232.7-mile race to win his seventh consecutive Tour de France, the students, including 23 who are enrolled at or recently graduated from Johns Hopkins, crossed a finish line of their own at the Golden Gate Bridge, where they concluded their nine-week, 4,000-mile trek to unite communities across the country in the fight against cancer.

The students cycled to raise money for the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge, a residence for out-of-town cancer patients and their families seeking outpatient treatment at Baltimore hospitals. Hosted by local residents along the way, the students participated in many community service projects. The group has raised more than $160,000 for the American Cancer Society in the past four years and has raised $23,000 so far this year.


Homewood GRO to welcome incoming students with BBQ

The Graduate Representative Organization on the Homewood campus will be hosting an Orientation Barbeque to which all graduate students are invited.

The event will allow incoming students to meet each other as well as other graduate students. The get-together will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, in the Mattin Center Courtyard. For more information, contact Tanzina Labonte, GRO orientation chair, at [email protected], 410-516-7442 or 617-959-0766.


CSOS explores new approaches to teaching U.S. history

How will the next generation of kids learn about United States history? An innovative two-day conference, held last week in Baltimore, provided a preview of how the nation's teachers will take on the challenge of teaching U.S. history in the digital age. Hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Social Organization of Schools, the event brought together 65 history and social studies teachers from 10 states. The educators reviewed the new edition of A History of US (Oxford University Press) along with the accompanying curriculum materials developed by Johns Hopkins curriculum writers at CSOS.

A History of US is an acclaimed and approachable series of 10 books written by keynote speaker Joy Hakim, a former reporter, editor and teacher, who was inspired to write the books after seeing how bored her own kids were with their history textbooks. The CSOS curriculum is designed for use in upper elementary, middle and high school social studies programs.

In her address, Hakim talked about the impact narrative history techniques can have in the classroom. For background on the teaching materials, see



A story on the Knowledge for the World campaign that appeared in the July 25 issue stated that Johns Hopkins Medicine had raised $241.7 million in commitments, representing the second-best year ever for philanthropy for JHM. In fact, it was actually JHM's best year ever, with $254.7 million raised.


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