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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 27, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 27
In Brief


JHM pilots commuter shuttle from Fells Point and Canton

Johns Hopkins Medicine last week began a three-month pilot of a commuter shuttle between Fells Point/Canton and the East Baltimore campus. The service is free for Hopkins employees, faculty and students carrying their ID badges.

The morning hours of operation begin with a 6:30 a.m. pickup at Aliceanna and South Chester streets and end with a 9:15 a.m. drop-off at Jefferson and Wolfe streets. Evening hours begin at 4:30 p.m. with a pickup at Jefferson and Wolfe streets and end with a drop-off at 7:45 p.m. at South Washington and Gough streets. The shuttles, which will run every 15 minutes Monday through Friday, also will stop at the intersection of Thames and South Ann streets. To view the route map, go to shuttleroute.jpg.


JHU Press launches collection of essays by SoM's Paul McHugh

In celebration of the publication of The Mind Has Mountains: Reflections on Society and Psychiatry, the Johns Hopkins University Press will hold an event on the East Baltimore campus honoring the book's author, Paul McHugh, the Henry Phipps Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus in the School of Medicine.

A reception hosted by Kathleen Keane, director of the Press, and J. Raymond De Paulo Jr., Henry Phipps Professor and Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, in the Phipps Lobby, followed by McHugh's remarks at 6 p.m. in Hurd Hall.

The book is a collection of essays in which McHugh, as he writes in the preface, "tried to challenge or amend some egregious thought or practice in psychiatry."


Brain Awareness Week takes JHU faculty to city high school

Science students at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute learned about the wonders of the human brain last Wednesday, when faculty members and students from JHU's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences brought a host of neuroscience-oriented activities to the science and technology high school. The event marked Brain Awareness Week, an annual effort started by the Society for Neuroscience to advance public awareness of the progress and promise of brain research.

Organized by Amy Shelton, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins, and Lissa Rotundo, a science teacher at Poly, this year's event included both talks and hands-on activities. "Our goal is to show these science-oriented students what scientists really do, and to get students interested in neuroscience," Shelton said of the program, which is now in its third year.

Shelton and her group this year spoke with about 500 students in 17 science classes.


National health info technology coordinator to speak at SoN

David Brailer, national coordinator of health information technology for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will discuss national HIT initiatives from 10:45 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 28, in the School of Nursing's Carpenter Room.

The presentation, which follows a morning of HIT "rounds" at the schools of Nursing, Medicine and Public Health and at JHH, includes a brief question-and-answer session.

Brailer, who was appointed to the newly created position in 2004, is charged with deploying health information technology over the next 10 years to help realize substantial improvement in health safety and efficiency. He is recognized as a leader in the strategy and financing of quality and efficiency in health care, with a particular emphasis on health information technology and health systems management.

The morning "rounds" and the presentation were organized by Patricia Abbott, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and a national leader in nursing informatics. Abbott will begin the rounds with a demonstration of Nursing's Eclipsys Sunrise Clinical Manager Lab and then will visit simulation labs at SoM/JHH and a demonstration of public health informatics at SPH.


Sit for a spell: Scrabble Fundraiser for Literacy set for Friday

Board game and lexicon enthusiasts are gearing up for the Fifth Annual Scrabble Fundraiser for Literacy, which benefits the Greater Homewood Community Corp. Adult Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages Program. On Friday, March 31, the doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. start at the Calvert School, 4300 N. Charles St., in the middle school's France Merrick Atrium.

Participants may play on either the "competitive" or "social" level. Winners will receive prizes from local retailers and restaurants. The entry fee is $25; $12 for students with ID and for seniors. To register, call 410-261-3520.


JHU and JHHS among 'Best Places to Work' in Baltimore

Both the university and health system were named last week to Baltimore Business Journal's first "Best Places to Work" list. The results were compiled from online surveys filled out earlier this year by employees of the two Johns Hopkins entities and 174 other Baltimore-area businesses and nonprofits.

The newspaper named a total of 31 finalists in three categories: small, medium and large organizations. The university and health system were listed among employers with 500 or more on the payroll. The top-ranked employers in each category were software company CollabraSpace (small), accounting and consulting firm SCH Group (medium) and LifeBridge Health (large).


Summer Outdoor Film Series asks moviegoers to choose favorites

The JHU Summer Outdoor Film Series will be back starting June 9, and the university community is being asked to choose the seven movies they'd like to be shown. To vote, go to and select from the list of classics, comedies and new releases. The films will be shown at sundown on Friday nights on the Keyser Quadrangle, Homewood campus. Before the shows, live entertainment will begin and concessions open at 7:30 p.m.


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