The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 2, 1998

Feb. 2, 1998
VOL. 27, NO. 20


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Suspect arrested in Credit Union robbery

An arrest has been made in the Nov. 17, 1997, armed robbery of the Credit Union in Gilman Hall on the Homewood campus.

Dick Flynn, investigation coordinator for security at Homewood, said that FBI agents arrested Donald Poindexter in Hampden, Va., on Jan. 23.

Poindexter, a former Hopkins employee, had been identified in Baltimore from a security camera photograph, and a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

In committing the robbery, the suspect, displaying a knife, confronted a Credit Union employee and demanded that the safe be opened; he fled with the receipts.

In Virginia, Poindexter was charged with the armed robbery of a bank and two Subway sandwich shops.

The FBI is expected to press charges in the Hopkins case soon.

Nursing to hold open house for graduate programs

The School of Nursing will hold a graduate open house on Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 8 to 11 a.m. and again from 4 to 7 p.m. in the new nursing building at 525 N. Wolfe St.

The open house is intended for prospective students interested in graduate programs leading to an MSN degree; a joint degree MSN in community health nursing/MPH; a dual degree MSN in nursing systems management/MS in business; and clinical specialist. A 12-credit graduate certificate program, the Business of Nursing, is offered in conjunction with the School of Continuing Studies. Post-master's nurse practitioner programs and doctoral programs are also available.

Representatives from faculty and admissions will be present.

For more information, contact the School of Nursing's Office of Admissions and Student Services at 410-955-7548 or

Women's basketball team gets its highest ranking

The Johns Hopkins women's basketball team ranked fourth in the nation in the most recent Women's Basketball Coaches Association Top 25 poll of Division III schools. No Hopkins women's team has ever ranked this high.

The Lady Jays have rolled to a 16-2 record and have won 26 straight Centennial Conference games, stretching back to the 1995-96 season. Their next home game will be Feb. 10, against Gettysburg.

CBS online with Hopkins consumer health news

Hopkins' consumer health information is now carried online by a major television network.

Through the new, launched Sunday, the latest health news and information will be made available to the Web sites of 155 CBS affiliates, covering more than 80 percent of the country.

The information is provided by InteliHealth, the joint venture between Johns Hopkins University and Health System and Aetna U.S. Healthcare that was launched in 1996.

To kick off the alliance, InteliHealth is providing CBS with special content keyed to the Olympics, which begin Feb. 6. In these daily postings, Hopkins experts will provide insight to breaking events and other sports-related topics. Likely offerings include an orthopedic surgeon's advice on preventing common skiing injuries, a child psychologist's take on intense competition and how it affects young athletes and an eating disorders expert's view of the problems many young athletes face as they try to take off or put on weight. There will also be Hopkins "Ask-the-Doc" answers to e-mailed sports medicine questions.

Key content of InteliHealth, which is housed in the "Life" section of, includes breaking medical news from Reuters and other wire services, a comprehensive health library from Hopkins, consumer and medical journal abstracts, drug databases, pollen and air pollution maps, and interactive health quizzes. Specific interests such as allergies, asthma, exercise and nutrition are addressed in dedicated areas.

The InteliHealth project is coordinated by the Hopkins Office of Consumer Health Information, headed by Ron Sauder, who works with the public affairs offices and a wide range of faculty in the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health. Hopkins consumer health news is also available through America Online and the PointCast Network.

School of Medicine again No. 1 in funding from NIH

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is once again the top earner of National Institutes of Health biomedical research funding, according to recently released figures for fiscal year 1997.

Hopkins researchers earned a total of $210 million in NIH grants. Most of that ($187 million or 89 percent) went directly to support basic or clinical medical research.

The FY '97 figure reflects a 3.4 percent increase over total Hopkins funding for 1996.

"The outstanding distinction is a reflection of the terrific leadership, insight and hard work that our faculty bring to the biomedical sciences," says Vice Dean for Research Bart Chernow.

Rounding out the top five were the schools of medicine at University of California-San Francisco, University of Pennsylvania, Yale and Washington University.

WORKlife programs to address personal concerns

Single parents, caregivers and gay/ lesbian supporters are among the groups for whom WORKlife Programs, of Homewood Human Resources, has established monthly lunchtime discussion groups for the spring semester.

Established for faculty and staff members with common concerns, the groups will meet once each month from noon to 1 p.m. on the Homewood campus to solve problems, share discussion and dialogue, offer mutual support and disseminate information.

Dates have been set up for meetings of those concerned with the following interests: black parents, caregivers, gay/lesbian support, preschoolers and single parents. Those who would like to register should call 410-516-6605.