The Johns Hopkins Gazette: March 9, 1998

Mar. 9, 1998
VOL. 27, NO. 25

Computer advance: The trick is in the triangles
Spring books from Hopkins Press celebrate the Chesapeake Bay
Solving an old riddle: How does the brain operate when we think?
Good news
Obituary: Richard Stauffer, head orthopaedic surgeon at Hopkins, dies at 59
"Homicide": Life on North Charles Street
In Brief
Classified Ads
Employment Opportunities
WJHU This Week
Weekly Notices
Weekly Calendar
Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Fostering meaningful education partnerships
While attending a recent education workshop in Washington, D.C., Paula Williams met a mother who wanted to be more involved in her children's schools. The mother was frustrated, Williams recalls, by the lack of opportunities for parents who work during the day but want to offer their support for education. Paula Williams had some answers.
   Williams is one of six area facilitators for School, Family and Community Partnerships in the Baltimore City Public Schools, part of the National Network of Partnership Schools developed at the Hopkins Center on School, Family and Community Partnerships. She helps about 30 elementary, middle and high schools develop programs and practices that enable parents, educators and community and business partners to work together to help more students succeed in school. Full story...

Malaria may be facing a new conqueror
At any given time, about 300 million people suffer from malaria, and as many as 3 million of them, mostly children, will die every year.
   The drug of choice to combat malaria has been chloroquine, a derivative of quinine, which comes from the bark of the Cinchona tree. But the malaria parasites began showing resistance to chloroquine nearly 40 years ago.
   Chinese chemists have isolated an effective new anti-malarial drug called artem-isinin that comes from the plant Artemisia annua, which has been used for thousands of years as an herbal remedy for fever. But artemisinin and its derivatives remain difficult and expensive to produce, and they quickly break down in the human body. Full story...

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