Johns Hopkins Gazette: June 12, 1995


Medical News

Cervical cancer linked to 
sexually transmitted viruses

     Hopkins researchers have made an important connection
between sexually transmitted viruses--known as human
papillomaviruses--and cervical cancer. The findings of the
multicenter, multinational study, directed by Michele Manos, a
visiting scholar at the School of Public Health, were published
in last week's Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 

     This study--linking HPV to 93 percent of the 1,000 tumors
examined from 22 countries--is the first to show that these
viruses are the leading cause of cervical cancers worldwide.

     Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women
around the world and the most common and fatal in developing
countries. About a half-million new cases are reported each year,
80 percent of them in developing countries.

Oncology Center launches 
telemedicine project

     The Hopkins Oncology Center has signed an agreement to use
telecommunications technology to provide clinical consultations,
medical education and research opportunities to physicians at the
Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore and affiliated hospitals in
Southeast Asia. 

     The video conferencing system, known as telemedicine, will
allow Hopkins physicians to conduct consultations with their
Asian colleagues without having to send patients to Baltimore,
said David Ettinger, clinical director of the Oncology Center.
Clinicians will be able to see and talk to one another and view
x-rays and other radiological images on television-like monitors.

Minority scientists train 
this summer at Hopkins

     More minority undergraduate students will get a jump on
research careers in the biomedical sciences with the expansion of
a summer internship program at the School of Medicine.

     Under the Minority Summer Internship Program, 14 young men
and women will work, study and undertake research projects in
faculty members' laboratories in areas such as cellular and
molecular medicine, biomedical engineering, neurology, genetics
and immunology. The 10-week program, which began May 29, aims to
expand the pool of qualified minority applicants to graduate

     The program has existed on an informal basis for several
years but has expanded this year with financial support from the
School of Medicine. The program also receives support from the
Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Leadership Alliance.
Several interns are supported directly on research grants from
the National Institutes of Health.

News at Homewood

New exchange program 
established with Ecuador

     Amparo Menendez-Carrion has a history with Hopkins. In 1975,
she received a master's degree from the School of Advanced
International Studies. In 1985, she earned a doctorate there.
This year, she formalized an agreement between the university and
the Facultad Latinoamerica de Ciencias Sociales in Ecuador; she
is the school's director.

     Last month, Menendez-Carrion and Provost Joseph Cooper
signed an agreement making official an arrangement between their
two institutions. Under the agreement, the schools will share
cultural and scientific research; faculty and students will also
be exchanged. Both SAIS and the Sociology Department will
implement the exchanges.

     Cooper said the agreement answers several concerns raised by
the Committee for the 21st Century; internationalism, cooperation
among schools, interdivisionalism and the need to make
technological information available.

MSEL announces winners of 
book collecting contest

     Winners have been announced in the second Milton S.
Eisenhower Library's Friends Advisory Council Book Collecting

     Lung S. Yam, a senior majoring in biology, won first prize
in the undergraduate category for his collection, titled "From
the Qin Dynasty to Tienanmen: Two Thousand Years of Struggle for
Intellectual Freedom."

     In the graduate category, philosophy student Graham Finlay
won first prize for his collection, titled "Dante." 

     There was a tie for second place in the graduate category;
mathematics student Lowell Abrams won for his collection,
"Analysis and Application of Jewish Law from Classical Times to
the Present," and philosophy student Natalie Brender won for
hers, titled "Virginia Woolf: Her Life and Works."

     First-place winners received $300; $150 was awarded to
second-place winners. 

Marriott Corp. takes over     
Homewood food services

     The Marriott Corp. took over management of Homewood Dining
Services, including Levering Market, on May 30, providing some
changes, such as chicken by Strutters, salad sold by the ounce
and a hot line serving a more international selection of food. A
Pizza Hut will come to the market in September.

     During the summer, Levering Market will be open Monday
through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with the grill and hot
line closing at 6 p.m. The market will be closed on July 4 and
will close at 2:30 p.m. from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1.

E-Level to provide relief 
from heat this summer

     E-Level, the bar/game room/coffeeshop located in Levering
Hall on the Homewood campus, will remain open to all Hopkins
personnel through the summer from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through
Wednesday and 3 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday. To arrange happy
hour events, call Gary Van Zinderan at (410) 516-8209.

'Cycle Across Maryland'
will roll to stop at Homewood

     Maryland's diverse scenery and a sense of achievement await
bicyclists participating in the upcoming annual First National
Bank Cycle Across Maryland Tour '95. The cross-state tour begins
July 23 in Oakland and ends with a celebration at the Homewood
campus July 29.

     During the trip, cyclists may discover that the triumph of
finishing the 300-mile ride is even sweeter when completed with a
thousand equally determined others, said Pat Bernstein, CAM
executive director. 

     "Every tour has its share of new romances, several that have
resulted in marriages," she added. "But most of all, so many
deep, wonderful friendships develop out of the tour."  

     Proceeds raised from the tour will fund free bike helmets
for elementary schoolchildren and the CAM Teen Challenge, a
self-esteem program for at-risk teenagers which matches students
with adult cyclists who train them for the tour.

     The CAM Tour '95 registration fee is $175 until July 10 and
$200 until the day of the event. Registration forms and more
information are available at all First National Bank locations or
by calling 1-800-842-BANK.

     The Johns Hopkins Office of Special Events is looking for
volunteers to help out at the July 29 celebration party. If you'd
like to volunteer, call Special Events at (410) 516-7157. 

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