Lenox Baker to serve as next head of JHM board of visitors
Lenox D. Baker Jr., who recently completed a
three-year term as chairman of the Johns Hopkins Medicine
board of trustees, has been named chairman of the JHM board
of visitors. This external committee, composed of 40
friends of Hopkins Medicine, serves as an advisory council
to the dean/CEO and focuses its efforts on defining ways to
enhance future development.
A graduate of the university and School of Medicine,
Baker served as vice chairman of the JHU board. As co-chair
of the six-year Johns Hopkins Initiative campaign, which
ended in 2000, he was instrumental in helping to raise $1.5
billion for the institutions. With his wife, Frances Watt
Baker, also a university and SoM graduate, he funded the
Frances Watt Baker, M.D. and Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D.
Deanship of the School of Medicine. The endowment provides
the dean/CEO with discretionary funds to support special
A cardiac surgeon, Baker is president of Mid-Atlantic
Cardiothoracic Surgeons, a group in Norfolk, Va., and chief
of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Sentara Norfolk
General Hospital. He serves on numerous corporate
As chairman of the board of visitors, Baker succeeds
C. Michael Armstrong, who became chairman of the JHM board
of trustees on July 1.
Hopkins 4K for Cancer cyclists end journey in San
Lance Armstrong wasn't the only cyclist who spent the
summer living strong and spreading the word about cancer
prevention and survival. So did 26 college students who
pedaled their racing bikes on a coast-to-coast fund-raising
journey known as Hopkins 4K for Cancer. A week after
Armstrong finished a three-week, 2,232.7-mile race to win
his seventh consecutive Tour de France, the students,
including 23 who are enrolled at or recently graduated from
Johns Hopkins, crossed a finish line of their own at the
Golden Gate Bridge, where they concluded their nine-week,
4,000-mile trek to unite communities across the country in
the fight against cancer.
The students cycled to raise money for the American
Cancer Society's Hope Lodge, a residence for out-of-town
cancer patients and their families seeking outpatient
treatment at Baltimore hospitals. Hosted by local residents
along the way, the students participated in many community
service projects. The group has raised more than $160,000
for the American Cancer Society in the past four years and
has raised $23,000 so far this year.
Homewood GRO to welcome incoming students with
Representative Organization on the Homewood campus will
be hosting an Orientation Barbeque to which all graduate
students are invited.
The event will allow incoming students to meet each
other as well as other graduate students. The get-together
will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, in the
Mattin Center Courtyard. For more information, contact
Tanzina Labonte, GRO orientation chair, at
410-516-7442 or 617-959-0766.
CSOS explores new approaches to teaching U.S.
How will the next generation of kids learn about
United States history? An innovative two-day conference,
held last week in Baltimore, provided a preview of how the
nation's teachers will take on the challenge of teaching
U.S. history in the digital age. Hosted by the Johns
Hopkins Center for
Social Organization of Schools, the event brought
together 65 history and social studies teachers from 10
states. The educators reviewed the new edition of A History
of US (Oxford University Press) along with the accompanying
curriculum materials developed by Johns Hopkins curriculum
writers at CSOS.
A History of US is an acclaimed and approachable
series of 10 books written by keynote speaker Joy Hakim, a
former reporter, editor and teacher, who was inspired to
write the books after seeing how bored her own kids were
with their history textbooks. The CSOS curriculum is
designed for use in upper elementary, middle and high
school social studies programs.
In her address, Hakim talked about the impact
narrative history techniques can have in the classroom. For
background on the teaching materials, see
A story on the Knowledge for the World campaign that
appeared in the July 25 issue stated that Johns Hopkins
Medicine had raised $241.7 million in commitments,
representing the second-best year ever for philanthropy for
JHM. In fact, it was actually JHM's best year ever, with
$254.7 million raised.
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