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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 20, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 8
In Brief


Looking to carpool to work? New Web site designed to help

Whether you're looking to save gas money, take a car off the road or enjoy some company on your commute, Carpooling at Hopkins is designed to help.

The new Web-based portal for matching potential riders, just launched by the health system, is open to all university and health system employees with a valid Johns Hopkins e-mail address.

To register for the free service, go to:

After logging in and following the prompts, you will receive an e-mail directing you to a detailed match list of other employees with similar schedules who live near you; you can then contact them to discuss a carpool.

The "help" link on the home page includes a sample match list and answers to frequently asked questions. was developed in 2000 by Datasphere Corp., a computer consulting service in Jericho, N.Y.


SPH to study disaster preparedness for vulnerable populations

Jonathan Links, professor and director of the Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Public Health Preparedness, has been awarded a five-year $7,663,066 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study disaster preparedness risks and needs for vulnerable populations. The grant was part of a commitment by the CDC to establish Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers at seven universities. The PERRCs will conduct research that will evaluate the structure, capabilities and performance of public health systems for preparedness and emergency response activities.

The Johns Hopkins grant is unique in that the research conducted will focus on both enhancing the public health emergency preparedness system and assessing the risks of vulnerable populations, particularly those with mental illnesses. The CDC-funded Center for Public Health Preparedness, which Links directs, is part of a national system of centers that provides training for public health workers across the country. The centers were established in 2000 to strengthen terrorism and emergency preparedness by linking academic expertise to state and local health agency needs.


Film festival to benefit breast center at Johns Hopkins

The second annual Baltimore Women's Film Festival, scheduled for Thursday to Sunday, Oct. 23 to 26, at Landmark's Harbor East Cinema, will again be partnering with the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center, which will receive 50 percent of all ticket sales to support patients.

More than 100 films — shorts, features, documentaries, animations and music videos — will be screened, and more than 30 filmmakers from around the world will be in attendance to discuss their work. Screening tickets are $10; VIP all-access passes are $80. The festival also includes a free live music showcase on opening night, a book signing/sushi reception, an after-hours Saturday night party, a silent auction, an award ceremony and other events.

As part of Free Fall Baltimore, two films — Women in Sports and Women Behind the Camera — will be screened free on Sunday.

For the festival schedule, go to:



Due to a technical error, a sentence in the profile of consumer health advocate Simeon Margolis that appeared in The Gazette on Oct. 13 was incomplete. The paragraph should have said:

To put it bluntly, nothing is ever final until Margolis has signed off. He takes the role as medical editor for Johns Hopkins' consumer health publications — an unofficial title he's held for 20 years now- -very seriously.

The corrected version of the entire story appears online at


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