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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 29, 2007 | Vol. 37 No. 9
In Brief


SoM and Notre Dame create women scientists program

College of Notre Dame of Maryland and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have signed an agreement to open up the doors of Johns Hopkins research laboratories to promising College of Notre Dame science students.

The Sister Alma McNicholas Women Scientists Program will give up to three College of Notre Dame students the opportunity to become trainees in Johns Hopkins laboratories in a yearlong program, which begins in January. Students will work up to 10 hours a week with a faculty mentor.

"We hope that this research experience will further encourage these students' interest in pursuing graduate studies and careers in the biomedical sciences," said Catherine Will, of the Johns Hopkins Office of Graduate Student Affairs.

To qualify, participants must be full-time students with a major related to biomedical sciences and a GPA of 3.4 or higher. At least one of the three selected for the program must be a biology major. Students may be reappointed to the program.


JHU Museums waive admissions fees during Family Weekend

The Johns Hopkins University Museums are waiving admission fees for families of Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and students during Family Weekend 2008. The museums are open for guided tours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4. Tours of Homewood Museum, on the Homewood campus, are offered on the half-hour, with the last tour at 3:30 p.m.; tours of Evergreen Museum & Library, 4545 N. Charles St., run on the hour, with the last tour at 3 p.m.

Evergreen's second annual Family Weekend Open House will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, featuring the current exhibition, Dufy: The Evergreen Collection, and its related focus show, Exhibiting Alice, organized by History of Art senior Margaret Deli. Curators of both exhibitions will be on hand to answer questions, and Deli will give a talk at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Visitors can also watch the award-winning cartoon short The Invisible Moustache of Raoul Dufy and visit the Museum Shop. Light refreshments will be served.


Future leaders in cardiovascular research honored at JHH

Outstanding researchers in cardiovascular medicine were honored on Wednesday afternoon in the JHH Houck Lobby as part of the Johns Hopkins Heart Institute's annual awards ceremony named to commemorate the late Johns Hopkins physician and alumnus Stanley L. Blumenthal.

Four postdoctoral research fellows each received a $750 cash prize with a commemorative plaque. The award categories are for basic science, translational medicine and clinical science.

Recipients of the 2007 Blumenthal awards were Norimichi Koitabashi (Basic Science Prize), for a study on sildenafil (Viagra) and how the erectile-dysfunction drug may also be an effective treatment for enlarged hearts; Rhondalyn McLean (Translational Science Prize, one of two), for identifying that post–heart attack malformations of the heart's left ventricle, its main pumping chamber, are inherited problems; Hari Tandri (Translational Science Prize, one of two), for using magnetic resonance imaging to identify a unique muscle contraction pattern in the right ventricle that is an early sign of a disease that can lead to fatal heart rhythms, a condition known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia; and Lois Nwakanma (Clinical Science Prize), for research into why heart transplant recipients suffer from blood pressure buildup in the lungs.

All of these studies will be presented at this year's Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association meeting in Orlando, Fla., in early November.


Men's LAX schedule brings tough opponents to Homewood

Men's lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala last week announced the team's 13-game regular-season schedule for the 2008 season. The Blue Jays will again play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation, as 10 of their 13 games are against teams that qualified for the 2007 NCAA Tournament; seven of the match-ups are scheduled for Homewood Field.

"We feel strongly that playing the most difficult schedule in the nation will prepare us to compete in the NCAA Tournament each May," Pietramala said. "Playing the top teams in the nation each week is part of what makes playing at Johns Hopkins so special and makes our program attractive to talented student-athletes."

After opening at home against Albany on Feb. 23, the Blue Jays will take part on March 1 in the second annual Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium. The Johns Hopkins-Princeton game will be the second of a doubleheader that leads off with Virginia playing Syracuse.

The Blue Jays will carry a nine-game winning streak into the 2008 season, during which Johns Hopkins will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the program.

For the full season schedule, go to: tml.



Due to a typographical error, the URL for making online pledges to the United Way of Central Maryland campaign was incorrect in the Oct. 22 issue. The correct URL is The site can also be reached by going first to


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