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Long-awaited Gilman Hall reunion begins By Greg Rienzi

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ther than a handful of representatives, humanities faculty and staff have not stepped inside Gilman Hall in more than two years. This week, people and building get reacquainted—undoubtedly with some jaw dropping along Humanities the way. Today, the big faculty, staff move-in begins, as the humanities return home departments relocate back to the after 2-year Krieger School of Arts and Sciences’ renovation flagship building, which has just undergone an extensive three-year $73 million renovation. The reopening of Gilman Hall brings an end to a period of separation in which the majority of the building’s faculty offices, administrative spaces and seminar rooms went to Dell House, a university-owned high-rise on the corner of North Charles and 29th streets. Beginning this summer, for the first time in decades all 10 of the school’s humanities departments will be housed in Gilman, a reunion to which faculty are greatly looking forward. William Egginton, chair of the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, said that during the past two years he felt somewhat isolated from students and the university, and even to other departments located in Dell House. “I would say that the biggest hit we took was in terms of the level of community here in the humanities. Not being on campus has certainly impacted us,” said Egginton, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities. “I can’t think of a colleague who is not greatly looking forward to and excited about the return to Gilman Hall.” Egginton and his colleagues, in fact, will get reunited with Gilman first, as the departments will move in from the top floor down, starting with German and Romance Languages and Literatures.

Sandra Angell, associate dean for student affairs, in front of the School of Nursing’s recently opened Student House. Over the summer, the building will be landscaped and readied for the fall semester.

New facility provides much-needed study and retreat space for school By Greg Rienzi

The Gazette


he opening of the School of Nursing’s Anne M. Pinkard Building in 1998 was a milestone in the school’s history, as it was the first structure dedicated solely to nursing education at Johns Hopkins. The goal was to put everyone under one roof. The result: The space filled immediately. Since then, the School of Nursing has

only grown in size, adding more students and faculty. In recent years, the school urgently needed more elbow room. Now it has some, with more on the way. In May, the school opened the doors to its new Student House, the former Rockwell House located on Jefferson Street, Continued on page 5


Carey School’s first global MBA class takes shape B y P at r i c k E r c o l a n o

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hen Johns Hopkins University launched a business school in 2007, the smart money reckoned on an entirely new kind of MBA program. The designers of the program then went to work and proved the wisdom of the smart money. In the Johns Hopkins traditions of service and international outreach, the program was

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created so that it would focus not on how to make a killing on Wall Street but on how to cultivate business practices to help heal a troubled world. Now, JHU’s Carey Business School is about to welcome the charter class in its signature full-time, two-year program, the Johns Hopkins Global MBA. The group of slightly more than the target number of 80 charter-class students will arrive at the school’s new Harbor East campus in early August for the start of a threeweek orientation session. As Yash Gupta, dean of the Carey School,

notes, “The incoming students fit the mold of the Johns Hopkins scholar—a dedicated, self-motivated, creative thinker and problem solver.” For the Global MBA class, Gupta says, Carey sought “students of striking diversity and backgrounds not usually seen at business schools.” Deasy Priadi is an example. The native of Indonesia has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and works for the World Bank in Continued on page 3

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he destination of the SAIS International Reporting Project’s next Gatekeepers Editors Trip will be Liberia. Gatekeepers are senior journalists who determine editorial content at any type of media organization. The trip to Liberia, scheduled for Nov. 7 to 18 for up to 12 U.S. journalists, will focus on issues such as health, environment, economic recovery and development, women’s rights, refugee resettlement and the search for political stability after a 14-year civil war that left an estimated 200,000 people dead in the country of 3 million. Gatekeepers will meet with a wide cross section of Liberians to learn how the country and the region are recovering from the 1989–2003 conflict that has required the continuing presence of U.N. peacekeepers. Applications are available online at http://internationalreporting Previous gatekeepers have visited China, Peru, Kenya, Turkey, Uganda, Korea, Nigeria, Egypt, India, Lebanon/Syria, South Africa, Brazil and Indonesia. The IRP is an independent program run by journalists for journalists, and is based at SAIS. It is funded by private nonpartisan foundations and individuals.

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Cold sore virus may contribute to abnormalities in schizophrenia B y C h r i s t e n B r o wn


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xposure to the common virus that causes cold sores may be partially responsible for shrinking regions of the brain and the loss of concentration skills, memory, coordinated movement and dexterity widely seen in patients with schizophrenia, according to research led by Johns Hopkins scientists. “We’re finding that some portion of cognitive impairment usually blamed solely on the disease of schizophrenia might actually be a combination of schizophrenia and prior exposure to herpes simplex virus 1 infection, which reproduces in the brain,” said study leader David J. Schretlen, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The research, described in the May issue of Schizophrenia Research, could lead to new ways to treat or prevent the cognitive impairment that typically accompanies this mental illness, including with antiviral drugs, the scientists say. Doctors have long known that cognitive

Gilman Continued from page 1 This week, Dell House’s humanities tenants will all move out, ending on Saturday with the Writing Seminars and the English Department. In addition to Dell House, humanities departments had presences in 3505 N. Charles St., Whitehead Hall, Mergenthaler Hall and the Greenhouse. Tenants of Mergenthaler will be moved on July 9 and the others on July 12 and 13. English Professor Frances Ferguson, who holds the Mary Elizabeth Garrett Chair in Arts and Sciences, said that her separation from Gilman Hall has given her a greater appreciation of how architecture impacts the quality of education. “To be fair, [Dell House] was not built to be an academic building. The spaces are all wrong. There was no wide corridor where people could meet and have chats, or open seminar rooms where you can have free-flowing conversations,” Ferguson said. “The departments were all separated

MBA Continued from page 1 Jakarta. “Growing up in Indonesia, where many people live on less than $2 per day, has informed my future goals,” she says. Key among those goals, she says, is improving the lives of the poor. She aims to turn some family-owned land in West Java into a model farm that would demonstrate the best agricultural methods and best treatment of farm workers in a nation that sometimes lacks these elements. “Business can create jobs and reduce poverty in the long run,” Priadi says. Another member of the Global MBA charter class, Shahd AlShehail, recently worked as director of operations at Al Qadem Fashion House in her native Saudi Arabia, where she initiated a project to promote the work of women artisans. She says that she wants to become a “social entrepreneur,” and that her professional goals include challenging the accepted belief in her home country that women belong strictly in the household. Student Jack Hirsch was born in Israel and has lived in Africa and the United States. Befitting someone so well-traveled, he says he was drawn to the international orienta-

impairment, including problems with psychomotor speed, concentration, learning and memory, are prevalent features of schizophrenia, which affects an estimated 1 percent of the U.S. population. Cognitive deficits often surface months to years before symptoms that are traditionally used to diagnose this disease, such as delusions or hallucinations. Some previous studies have shown that schizophrenic patients with antibodies to herpes simplex virus 1—the virus that causes cold sores—often have more severe cognitive deficits than patients without these antibodies. Other studies have shown that patients with HSV-1 antibodies have decreased brain volumes compared to patients without the antibodies. However, it has been unclear whether the cognitive deficits are directly related to the decreased brain volume. To investigate, Schretlen and his colleagues recruited 40 schizophrenic patients from outpatient clinics at the Johns Hopkins and Sheppard and Enoch Pratt hospitals in Baltimore. Blood tests showed that 25 of the patients had antibodies for HSV-1 and 15 didn’t. The researchers gave all the patients tests to measure speed of coordination, organizational skills and verbal memory. The

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by floors, and there were no real common spaces. I could go weeks without seeing anyone else but people from my department.”

tion of the Global MBA program, which, in the intersession of year one, will send students on an overseas project, Innovation for Humanity, in which they will work on a business problem within a community in a developing nation. Hirsch’s professional career has been marked by experiences with start-up ventures whose “dynamic environments” have proved excellent laboratories of learning, he says, adding that he sees this same “enterprising spirit” in the Carey School. Of the 80-plus students in the charter class, about a third are women. The students range in age from early 20s to early 40s, and their professional experience ranges from zero to 15 years. The countries from which they hail include the United States, Canada, Ghana, the Netherlands, Greece, Turkey, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia. Fifteen of the students in the class have master’s degrees in fields such as engineering, public health, biotechnology and social work. Those who did not previously pursue postgraduate studies have bachelor’s degrees in areas that include psychology, sociology, biology, nursing, physics and computer science. Among the universities they attended are Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon, Chicago, Cornell, Harvard, Michigan, Northwestern, Oxford and the London School of Economics. G

patients then underwent MRI brain scans to measure the volume of particular regions of their brains. As in previous studies, results showed that patients with antibodies to HSV-1 performed significantly worse on the cognitive tests than patients without the antibodies. But expanding on those earlier studies, analysis of the brain scans showed that the same patients who performed poorly on the tests also had reduced brain volume in the anterior cingulate, which controls processing speed and the ability to switch tasks. There was also shrinkage in the cerebellum, which controls motor function. These results suggest that HSV-1 might be directly causing the cognitive deficits by attacking these brain regions, Schretlen says. Though the researchers aren’t sure why schizophrenia might make brains more vulnerable to a viral assault, Schretlen says that the results already suggest new ways of treating the disorder. Data from other studies have shown that antiviral medications can reduce psychiatric symptoms in some patients with schizophrenia. “If we can identify schizophrenic patients with HSV-1 antibodies early on, it might be

possible to reduce the risk or the extent of cognitive deficits,” he adds. Other Johns Hopkins researchers who participated in this study are Tracy D. Vannorsdall, Jessica M. Winicki, Takatoshi Hikida, Akira Sawa, Robert H. Yolken and Nicola G. Cascella.

The renovated Gilman does not lack for common spaces and wide corridors. Kliment Halsband Architects, which was responsible for the renovation, aimed for a straightforward layout that made movement in and around the building a lot easier. Before the renovation, Gilman had a series of dead-end corridors, and others that never connected on the west side of the building. To go from north to south on the building’s west end, a person had to literally walk all around the building. Some of the building’s quirks were part of the original design, which featured a U-shaped plan and floors with different levels. The old Gilman had eight stairwells, only half of which reached all floors. The renovation cut the number of stairwells down to three: one in the southeast corner, one in the northeast corner and one in the center that travels up one side of the new atrium. Unlike the old stairwells, each of the new ones will provide access to all five floors. Two new elevators also will access all five floors. To connect the north and south portions of the building on the rear side, a corridor was added. The central elevators and staircase will create a “main street” for each floor, said Martin Kajic, Gilman project manager for the Krieger School, with administrative offices located at the start of a visitor’s journey. The dramatic centerpiece of the renovated building is the three-story glass-topped

central atrium. The enclosed courtyard will serve as a meeting place and a bridge between the Hutzler Undergraduate Reading Room and Memorial Hall. The atrium will feature cafe tables, soft seating and some benches. Memorial Hall’s well-worn leather couches will be replaced with leather chairs and benches positioned around the room’s fireplaces. Ferguson recently toured the building and said she was overwhelmed by the changes. “I think it’s fabulous,” she said. “The new atrium area is very beautiful. It’s a fantastic building that has communication all the way around. You never run into that roadblock in the back of the building like you did before, and the spaces have been made more usable. There’s just more function.” Egginton, who also toured the building last week, said it “greatly exceeded” his expectations. Alexander’s Mobility Services will relocate the nearly 200 faculty, staff and graduate students to Gilman Hall. The company will move the computers, furniture, filing cabinets, office machines and other items between July 6 and July 15. Contractors will have a continued presence over the summer, taking care of any necessary final repairs, fixes and adjustments throughout the building. Gilman Hall will officially open its doors on Aug. 30, the first day of classes for the fall semester. G


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Schizophrenia Program at Johns Hopkins: psychiatry/specialty_areas/ schizophrenia

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Fruit fly cells flock together, follow the light By Maryalice Yakutchik

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cientists at Johns Hopkins report using a laser beam to activate a protein that makes a cluster of fruit fly cells act like a school of fish turning in social unison, following the lead of the one stimulated with light. The study of this unexpected cell movement, reported May 16 in Nature Cell Biology, holds potential importance for understanding embryonic development, wound healing and tumor metastasis, the process by which tumor cells acquire the ability to invade surrounding tissues and migrate long distances to colonize lymph nodes, bones and other distant organs. The research dramatically demonstrates, the researchers say, the collective directionsensing behavior of live cells in intact tissue, and a means of controlling protein behavior in a living organism by shining a focused beam of light precisely on the parts of cells where they want the protein to be active. “Our little system in the fruit fly is an elegant example of cells behaving socially in their natural environment—surrounded by other cells,” says Denise Montell, a professor of biological chemistry and director of the Center for Cell Dynamics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “You can’t capture this behavior if you look at individual cells in a culture dish.” The “social” migrating behavior among a cluster of cells in the fly ovary surprised the research team, which was using a new laser light tool to manipulate protein activity. “People tend to think of cancer as single cells breaking off from the tumor and migrating away,” Montell says, “but it’s likely that this collective form of movement is important, at one phase or another, in the spread of tumors.” A better understanding of how and why

cells move can facilitate the development of new treatments not only for cancer but for other disorders characterized by aberrant cell behavior. Developed in the laboratory of Klaus Hahn, the Thurman Professor of Pharmacology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the light-activation technique previously had been shown to control cell movement in cultured mammalian cells. The Johns Hopkins–led study provides proof of principle that a nontoxic light alone can activate a protein in live organisms, allowing researchers to safely control when and where cells move. The Johns Hopkins team conducted its study on a cluster of six so-called border cells in the fly ovary, cells the team has long studied and which are important to the fly because if they don’t migrate, females are sterile. In addition, they serve as a model for understanding, in general, the mechanisms that control collective cell movements, which occur during normal embryonic development, wound healing and in tumor metastasis. First, the scientists genetically altered the border cells so that they were lacking the ability to respond to naturally occurring chemical attractants that normally control their movement. Then they used a fly protein known as Rac, which was fused to a photoactivatable (PA) plant protein, a creation engineered by Hahn’s lab. The PARac, which remains inert in the dark, reacts to light because the plant protein changes shape and allows Rac to become active, causing the cells to move. Because a beam of laser light can be much smaller than a cell, the team was able to activate Rac not only in one single cell but also in one part of one cell, Montell says. “The other cool thing is this is reversible, so as soon as you take the light away, the PARac wraps back up and turns itself off,” she says.

Following up on previous research, the team wanted to find out if Rac would be sufficient to set the direction of movement of cells within live tissue. When the researchers shone a laser beam on various individual cells, the entire cluster responded by moving in directions that it wouldn’t under normal conditions: sideways, for instance, and even in reverse. In short, the cells followed the light. “When we activated Rac in even one part of one of these cells—and not in the cell that would be the leader if all was normal—it was as if all the other cells said, Aha! You’ve got more Rac activity so we’re heading your way,” Montell says. “It’s amazing to me that somehow the cells sense each other’s levels of Rac activity and collectively decide which way to go.” Authors on the paper, in addition to Montell and Hahn, are Xiaobo Wang from Johns Hopkins and Yi Wu from the University of North Carolina. Funding was provided by the National Institutes of Health and the Cell Migration Consortium.

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New clues in north suggest wet era on early Mars was global Applied Physics Laboratory

Nursing Continued from page 1 behind the Pinkard Building. The Rockwell House, which contained hotel-like apartments for families of Johns Hopkins Hospital oncology patients, was vacated when a space for families was created near the hospital’s Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Student House gives students a place to study, relax and eat. The three-story brick building contains three study rooms, a doctoral room, lecture space, an exam-proctoring room, a full-size kitchen with a seating area, a breastfeeding room and a lounge. The space also contains the Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and all other student-related offices, including Admissions, Student Services, Financial Aid, Registrar and Career Counseling. Sandra Angell, associate dean for student affairs, said that students sorely needed a structure designated solely for them. The student lounge in the Pinkard Building had been turned into a simulation laboratory, computer space had been lost, and there wasn’t even a place to put a microwave except in the basement, she said. Nearly 700 students are currently enrolled in the school’s baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs. “We had very little space left where students could hang out,� Angell said. “We have a library and a seating area downstairs [in the Pinkard Building], but those spaces have gotten increasingly crowded, and students really missed having a place to call their own. We also thought it would be a logical arrangement to have all the student affairs offices come over here.� The building, Angell said, also provides a space for all student organizations, such as the school’s National Student Nurses’ Association chapter, Men in Nursing, Master’s Students, the Geriatric Interest Group and others.



phase in the early history of Mars with conditions favorable to life occurred globally rather than just in the south, new findings from the north suggest. Southern and northern Mars differ in many ways, so the extent to which they shared ancient environments has been open to question. In recent years, the European Space Agency’s Mars Express Orbiter and NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have found clay minerals that are signatures of a wet environment at thousands of sites in Mars’ southern highlands, where rocks on or near the surface are about 4 billion years old. Until now, no sites with those minerals had been reported in the northern lowlands, where younger volcanic activity has buried the older surface more deeply. French and American researchers reported June 25 in the journal Science that some large craters penetrating younger, overlying rocks in the northern lowlands expose similar mineral clues to ancient wet conditions. “We can now say that the planet was altered on a global scale by liquid water about 4 billion years ago,� said the report’s lead author, John Carter, of the University of Paris. Other types of evidence about liquid water in later epochs on Mars tend to point to shorter durations of wet conditions or water that was more acidic or salty. The researchers used the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars, or CRISM—an instrument on the Mars

Lyot Crater is one of at least nine craters in the northern lowlands of Mars with exposures of hydrated minerals (indicated by stars) detected from orbit, according to a June 25 report.

Reconnaissance Orbiter—to check 91 craters in the northern lowlands. In at least nine, they found on the surface, or under ground, clays and claylike minerals called phyllosilicates or other hydrated silicates that form in wet environments. Earlier observations with the OMEGA spectrometer on Mars Express had tentatively detected phyllosilicates in a few northern plains craters, but the deposits are

small, and CRISM can make focused observations on smaller areas than OMEGA. “We needed the better spatial resolution to confirm the identifications,� Carter said. “The two instruments have different strengths, so there is a great advantage to using both.� CRISM principal investigator Scott Murchie, of Johns Hopkins’ Applied Physics Laboratory and a co-author of the new

Angell said that the new building has allowed the school to “decompress.� The Pinkard Building’s first-floor space, vacated by the removal of the student affairs offices, has been filled by the Office of Academic Affairs and its divisions, including the Office of Teaching Excellence. The first floor also contains the office for the new assistant dean for information and technology integration. The space formerly used for Academic Affairs and its satellites has become faculty offices. In May 2009, the school expanded to an adjacent building on McElderry Street formerly known as the Hackerman-Patz House, now known as the SoN House, where the

Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing, the Office of Marketing and Communications, and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations are located. The School of Nursing purchased the Rockwell and Hackerman-Patz houses as temporary measures until a new School of Nursing building could be constructed behind the Pinkard Building, where a parking lot now sits. The school purchased the lot, located on the corner of Jefferson and Washington streets, and is currently in the process of raising funds for the building, which could break ground in the next two to three years. Once constructed, the building would nearly double the school’s footprint.

report, said that the findings aid interpretation of when the wet environments on ancient Mars existed relative to some other important steps in the planet’s early history. The prevailing theory for how the northern part of the planet came to have a much lower elevation than the southern highlands is that a giant object slammed obliquely into northern Mars, turning nearly half the planet’s surface into the solar system’s largest impact crater. The new findings suggest that at least part of the wet period favorable to life extended into the time between that giant impact and when volcanic and other rocks formed an overlying mantle. “That large impact would have eliminated any evidence for the surface environment in the north that preceded the impact,â€? Murchie said. “It must have happened well before the end of the wet period.â€? The report’s other authors are Francois Poulet and OMEGA principal investigator Jean-Pierre Bibring, both of the University of Paris. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA. The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory provided and operates CRISM, one of six instruments on that orbiter.Â

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Angell said that until then, the Student House will serve a vital function. “This building is a temporary solution to our problems but very important for our needs,� she said. “When students come back in August, traffic will certainly pick up, but they are already coming over here to find quiet places to study, eat their lunch, relax and just get away from classrooms and labs.� This summer, the front of the Student House will be landscaped and the building’s courtyard renovated. The courtyard will link to the Pinkard Building and, when the school’s new building is constructed, be part of a shared green space. G

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n June 17, all Bloomberg School of Public Health staff were honored at the annual staff recognition reception held in Feinstone Hall. The event featured a hearty buffet and giveaways to everyone in attendance, and school leadership handed out recognition awards to those celebrating milestone anniversaries with the university, including 55 staff members with five years of service, 41 with 10 years and 27 with 15 years. Along with the recognition awards, those celebrating milestone anniversaries were given special ribbons to wear, and their names were projected on a giant screen in acknowledgment of their achievement. —Jeff Pratt

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dward D. Miller, dean of the School of Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, thanked the staff present at the 2010 School of Medicine Recognition Reception, held June 22 on the Turner Concourse. Miller noted the enthusiasm and commitment of staff, which he said he witnesses daily, as key to the continued success of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. During this year’s Hawaiian-themed reception, more than 600 staff members were eligible to be recognized—339 with five years of service, 169 with 10 years and 101 with 15 years. On hand to present service awards to their respective staffs were chairs and supervisors from 32 departments and offices, ranging from Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine to the Welch Medical Library. —J.P.

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SPH study examines pro-anorexia, pro-bulimia websites By Tim Parsons

Bloomberg School of Public Health


new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health examines the content and messages presented by websites that appear to support or encourage eating disorders. These websites use images, text and interactive applications to further knowledge, attitudes and behaviors to achieve dangerously low body weights. The study is the largest and most rigorous analysis to date of pro–eating disorder websites, and was published online June 17 in advance of print in the American Journal of Public Health. The Internet offers messages and communities that sanction anorexia, bulimia and

other eating disorders. Previous studies have shown that the adolescents exposed to such pro–eating disorder websites have higher levels of body dissatisfaction compared to adolescents who have not been exposed. In addition, young people who have visited these sites are known to engage in more and intense eating-disordered behaviors. “Some of the reviewed sites present very dangerous ideas and disturbing material that serve to inform and motivate users to continue behaviors in line with disordered eating and exercise behaviors,” said Dina L.G. Borzekowski, lead author of the study and an associate professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Health, Behavior and Society. “Other sites seemed less harmful; they offered links to support recovery from these disorders and gave users venues for artistic expression.”

For the study, Borzekowski and colleagues conducted a systemic content analysis of 180 active pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia websites. This involved creating a valid and generalizable sample and a reliable coding scheme. In addition to objectively counting site logistics and features, researchers devised a perceived-harm scale for the analyzed sites. According to the study, more than 91 percent of the websites were open to the public, and more than 79 percent had interactive features, such as calorie and body-mass index calculators. Eighty-four percent of the sites surveyed offered pro-anorexia content, while 64 percent provided pro-bulimia content. “Thinspiration” material appeared on 85 percent of the sites; this included photographs of extremely thin models and celebrities. About 83 percent provided overt suggestions on eating-disor-

dered behaviors, including ways to engage in extreme exercise, go on a several-day fast, purge after meals and hide rapid weight loss from concerned family and friends. On the other hand, 38 percent of the sites included recovery-oriented information or links. Nearly half (42 percent) provided the maintainers and users a place where they could post artwork and poetry. “Knowing the messages that vulnerable populations encounter is critical,” Borzekowski said. “To better understand how media messages can potentially harm, first we must be aware of what messages are out there.” Co-authors of the study are Summer Schenk, Jenny Wilson and Rebecka Peebles. At the time of the study, Schenk was completing her MPH at the Bloomberg School. Wilson and Peebles are from the Stanford University School of Medicine.

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More than a picnic


he 2010 Johns Hopkins Picnic had a fresh look and feel with all-new entertainment, an expanded menu and games for all, including a Wii Sports Gaming Station, Midway Games and a Kid Zone. More than 1,000 members of the Johns Hopkins community gathered at the family-oriented event, held this year on June 25 on the grounds of Johns Hopkins at Eastern. The annual picnic, sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration and organized by the Office of Work, Life and Engagement, was particularly special this year as it celebrated Jim McGill, senior VP for finance and administration, who is retiring. Initially established to create a sense of unity among employees and managers, divisions and departments, the picnic, under McGill’s leadership and with his office’s financial support, has grown substantially, and members of the Johns Hopkins community look forward to it each year. —Jeff Pratt

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Legal, ethical framework sought for human-tissue research By Michael Pena

Berman Institute of Bioethics


lawyer/researcher at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics says that a new legal and ethical framework needs to be placed around the donation and banking of human biological material—one that would more clearly define the terms of the material’s use, and address donor expectations before research begins. In a new law review article, “Why Not Take All of Me? Reflections on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and the Status of Participants in Research Using Human Specimens,” Gail Javitt uses the story of Henrietta Lacks—a woman whose cancerous cells revolutionized medical research—as the launching point for an exploration of the flaws in the current legal approach to the use of human specimens in research. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a book by science journalist Rebecca Skloot, has stoked public interest in the ethical obligations owed to tissue contributors. Javitt says that the “story is a powerful reminder that behind every tissue sample in a laboratory is the person it came from.” Recently, Skloot announced that the book will be adapted and turned into a cabletelevision movie. Javitt applauds moving the discussion of these issues into the public forum. “By telling the Lacks family’s story in such an engaging, accessible way,” she wrote, “Skloot has moved the discussion beyond the narrow confines of court-

rooms and academia and into the public domain, where all those with a stake in the answers can participate.” Published in the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science and Technology, Javitt’s article reports that human tissue and DNA are increasingly being collected and used in research, yet they are obtained and stored under a patchwork of policies—some broad, some specific—that dictate how they may or may not be used. Many in the legal and scientific arenas say that this is because federal and case law have fallen behind modern research demands and techniques. The federal human subject protection law known as the “Common Rule” requires informed consent be obtained from participants in all federally funded research, and that includes tissue research; however, if identifying information has been removed, the law doesn’t apply. Even where informed consent is required, Javitt says, the human-subject paradigm is not an adequate one for this type of research. She points out that informed consent is a mechanism aimed at protecting subjects from the type of harm and abuse that unwitting participants experienced in past research—such as the Tuskegee syphilis study—and was never meant to be the process by which researchers negotiate to engage in a legal transaction. “Informed consent was not conceptualized as a contract between two individuals with equal bargaining power,” says Javitt, who has closely examined some of the bestknown court cases involving the rights and expectations of human-tissue contributors. “Rather, informed consent is an ethical duty that the researcher owes the human sub-

ject under conditions that historically have involved unequal power.” In contrast, the concept of donation, she says, “presumes an individual who understands that he is giving away something of value and the consequences of making that choice.” Javitt’s article cites legal cases that she says show the courts’ failure to appreciate that those who contribute tissue for research are owed duties as research subjects to be informed that their tissue will be used for research. For instance, in Moore v. Regents of the University of California, the court ruled that a physician violated informed consent obligations to his patient (Moore) by performing surgery and ordering follow-up blood draws without disclosing that he was also developing a potentially lucrative cell line from the patient’s specimens. “The court’s reasoning with respect to informed consent is flawed,” Javitt says, because “the court failed to distinguish between Moore as patient and Moore as research subject.” The cases also show a failure to appreciate the dual role of the tissue contributor as both research subject and participant in the legal transaction of donation, according to Javitt. So she argues for a bifurcation of the process: As research subjects, participants must be informed of the risks and benefits of the research, and must consent to participation; as donors of tissue, participants also must be informed that they are entering into a legal transaction—donation—and made aware of the terms of that transaction. “Although requiring separation … may seem like a proposal for adding yet another piece of paper to an arguably already cumbersome process, the small piece of paper is

performing a huge ethical and legal task,” Javitt writes in her article. Javitt also says that she was troubled by what she sees as the courts’ consistent preference for the needs of the research enterprise over the claims of the tissue contributors. Although the public generally is supportive of research, Javitt says, this may change if prospective contributors of tissue samples feel deceived. For example, in February, parents in Texas sued over the state’s use of their babies’ blood samples for research. Two months later, the Havasupai tribe in Arizona succeeded in reclaiming members’ DNA samples from researchers at the state university system. Meanwhile, the book about Henrietta Lacks has amplified the frustration of Lacks’ descendants in Baltimore over the use of her cells without their knowledge. Across the board, mistrust was fueled by a lack of transparency and the discovery of details only after samples were used. “How fitting it would be,” Javitt’s article concludes, “if the development of a new, transparency-based framework for tissue donation, one that is premised on the simple notion that tissue contributors should be asked—within a context that allows a meaningful answer—was Henrietta Lacks’ true legacy.”

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Owings Mills, 2BR, 2BA condo, close to metro/restaurants/shopping. $1,300/mo + utils. 609-647-9386.

Homeland - Rent this Beautiful 2BR TH, Office, deck, 2 full and 2 1/2 BA, newly renovated

Temporary housing, furn’d rm and use of lg, newly renov’d ouse, avail month to month. $850/mo incl utils, prkng. adecker001@

Hampden/Medfield, 3BR RH, W/D, CAC, pets OK, prkng pad, fenced backyd, 1.5 mi to Homewood campus. $1,150/mo + utils. 301-213-1368.

Charles St, efficiency in elevator bldg, pool, community rm, 5-min walk to JHU shuttle, begin August 1. $700/mo. 443-604-1912.

Ellicott City, 3BR TH nr Rt 40/I-70/Rt 29, 30 mins to JHU, 5-10 mins to shopping centers, public library, gym, day care facilities, Centennial HS school zone. $1,850/mo. 410-505-8977 or

Renov’d 3BR, 2BA single-family house on nice, quiet street, gas stove, granite, deck, landscaped yd, ample prkng, charm to spare, avail August 1. $1,650/mo. 203-676-3179 or

Hampden, 3BR, 2BA TH, dw, W/D, fenced yd, nr light rail. $1,100/mo + utils. 410-3782393.

Butchers Hill, BR w/priv BA, huge kitchen, balcony, deck, garage prkng, built 2005. $825/mo + utils.

Ellicott City (Papillon Drive), 4BR TH nr Centennial HS, Rt 40/I-70/Rt 29, 30 mins to JHU, 5-10 mins to shopping centers, public library, gym and day care facilities. $2,400/mo. Lin, 410-978-5472.

614 W 33rd St, newly renov’d 3BR, 1BA house, all new, modern everything, great block, 5 mins to campus, nonsmokers only. $1,450/mo. 443-472-0134 or 410-5072696.

Baltimore County, 2BR, 1BA single-family house, all on 1 flr, plenty of off-street prkng, 5 mins to Bayview, 15 mins to JHU. $159,900. 443-604-2797 or lexisweetheart@

Owings Mills, 2BR, 2BA condo, W/D, walkin closets, storage, prkng, pool/tennis court privileges, backs to woods, conv to metro, walk to grocery, sm pets negotiable ($250 nonrefundable deposit), pics avail, 1-yr lease. $1,250/mo. 410-336-7952 or ljohnsto@mail

Cedonia, quiet, pet-friendly 1BR apt, new kitchen and flrs, W/D, free prkng, deck, fenced yd, nr JHH/Homewood/Morgan State. $710/mo + utils. 410-493-2435 or


Station North (St Paul St), studio in lovely, historic and secure bldg, 300 sq ft, nr food/fun/ JHU shuttle/BoltBus/Penn Station. jchris1@ or ~jchris1/studioforrent.php. Upper Fells Point, 3BR, 2.5BA house, rent rms individually or entire house ($1,850/ mo). Wil, 832-725-9588 or wilbmdphd@

Gardenville, 3BR, 1.5BA RH in quiet neighborhood, new kitchen and BA, CAC, hdwd flrs, club bsmt w/cedar closet, fenced, maintenance-free yd w/carport, 15 mins to JHH. $142,000. 443-610-0236 or tziporachai@

Johns Hopkins / Hampden

1BR, 1.5BA avail in renov’d 2BR Parkside TH, BR has closet, 2 windows, fully furn’d bsmt, Brinks sec sys, CAC/heat, W/D; also gas range in kitchen, backyd garden, plenty of prkng, 12 mins to SPH/JHMI. $600/mo + 1/2 utils. Sublet lg rm in RH on E 33rd St, avail now to August 31, dining rm, living rm, lg kitchen, W/D, bsmt for storage, front/back porches, yds, street prkng, 2 blks to shuttle stop. 2 rms avail in beautiful 3BR, 1.5BA TH, share w/Hopkins faculty member and health consultant + 2 cats; use of entire house, close to Hopkins shuttle. $500/mo and $600/mo. Share respectful house in Charles Village, lg bsmt rm, AC, W/D, dw, hot tub, high-speed Internet, cable, porches, gardens, 2 blks to JHMI shuttle, 12 blks to Homewood campus. $375/mo + utils. 410-963-8741. Rm avail in great Canton rehab, 2BRs, 2BAs, 3-story house w/rooftop deck. $850/ mo + 1/2 utils. 724-422-0462. Rm avail in newly remodeled, furn’d 2BR, 1BA TH (133 N Bradford St), nr Patterson Park. $650/mo. 734-649-1633 or

Remington, 2 furn’d rms in 3BR, 1.5BA house, F only, 3-min walk to Homewood campus. $600/mo incl utils + sec dep ($300).

Roland Park/Keswick (Wickford Rd), lovely 5BR, 3.5BA house, CAC, in Roland Park school zone, walk to Homewood. $375,000. 410-236-6917 or Towson, 3BR house, 2 new full BAs, new kitchen, appls, hdwd flrs,new siding/windows, fenced yd, great schools, 25 mins to JHU/JHH. $265,000. 410-404-7355.

Completely rehabbed 2BR, 1BA house, superb craftsmanship, located very close to JH campuses, low $200s. 302-981-6947 or www.3402mountpleasantavenue.canbyours .com.

WYMAN COURT APTS. (BEECH AVE.) Effic from $570, 1 BD Apt. from $675, 2 BD from $775 HICKORY HEIGHTS APTS. (HICKORY AVE.) 2 BD units from $750 Shown by Appointment 410-764-7776

Share new, refurbished TH w/other medical students, 4BRs, 2 full BAs, CAC, W/D, dw, w/w crpt, 1-min walk to JHMI (924 N Broadway).

Original Northwood, 3BR, 1.5BA house, brick, slate, hdwd flrs, dual AC, solarium, efficiency windows and furnace, fp, alarm sys, more. $325,000. 443-794-3900 or

2907 St Paul St, studio apt in great neighborhood, 2nd flr, safe and quiet, avail August 1. $750/mo incl heat, water (off-street prkng avail w/additional fee). murilo_silvia@ 410-453-0500/410-746-9191

Mature individual wanted for furn’d/ unfurn’d rm w/priv BA in lovely Mt Washington house, must like dogs. $600/mo. 410206-0404 or

F wanted for quiet, safe and secure 2BR apt in Roland Park, 2nd flr, no pets, no drugs/no smoking, refs req’d. $600/mo + 1/2 utils, cable. 410-960-5752 (Mon-Fri, 6-9pm).

White Marsh, 2BR, 2BA condo by the Avenue, 3rd flr walkup, W/D, vaulted ceilings, fp, patio. $1,100/mo. 917-553-6461.

RENT Lovely 2BR 2BA updated condo on 10th floor of secure high-rise w/beautiful view! Convenient location. Avail. August 1st., 1 yr. lease. $1500/mo. includes util., pool & tennis courts.

Two spacious rms avail in gracious 3BR, 3BA RH in Mt Vernon, hdwd/tile flrs, high ceilings, historic details. Jamie, 202-5965251 or

Mt Washington/Pikesville, new 3BR, 2.5BA TH, high-end appls, new kitchen, BAs, whirlpool in master, nr 83/695, conv to JHU and Quarry Lakes. $290,000/best offer.

Charming 3BR, 2BA condo, separate garage, walking distance to university, great buy, low $200s. 443-848-6392 or sue



Hopkins student wanted to share 1-yr lease of 2BR, 1BA Wyman Court apt, balcony, CAC. $430/mo + 1/2 utils. 443255-0069. Spacious rm in 2BR apt, steps from JHU and shuttle on St Paul St, must be OK w/ dogs. $460/mo + shared utils. Jen, 443630-2305 or Music grad student wanted for 2BR, 2BA Park Charles apt for school yr or longer starting in mid-August, must be clean and nonsmoking. $700/mo incl utils. tinkerbelinda@ Share spacious 3BR RH in Wyman Park, 2 blks to JHU, W/D, dw, cable, deck, prkng. $450/mo. Continued on page 10

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“Advances in Super-Resolution Fluorescence Microscopy,” a Cell Biology seminar with Joerg Bewersdorf, Yale School of Medicine. Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg. EB

Mon., July 12, noon.

“The Relationship Between Joblessness and Depression and Depressive Symptomatology Among a Working-Age Adult Cohort Residing in Bosnia-Herzegovina (2001–2004),” a Mental Health thesis defense seminar with Laura McDonald. 845 Hampton House. EB

Tues., July 13, 1 p.m.

Recital opens week of flute master classes


“Role of the miR-183 microRNA Cluster in Sensory Development and Disease,” a Human Genetics Graduate Program thesis defense seminar with Dane Witmer, SoM. Sponsored by the Institute of Genetic Medicine. Darner Conference Room. EB Wed., July 14, 2 p.m.

W OR K S HO P S The Center for Educational Resources presents a series of

information sessions on the Blackboard 9.1 interface. The training is open to anyone who will be accessing a Blackboard site as an administrator or TA. To register, go to Garrett Room, MSE Library. HW •

“Bidirectional Translational Research for Chemoprevention,” a Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences seminar with Ethan Dmitrovsky, Dartmouth Medical School. West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB


Wed., July 14, 4 p.m.


lute virtuoso Marina Piccinini, an internationally acclaimed soloist and a faculty artist at the Peabody Conservatory, will perform on Wednesday, July 7, with the Brasil Guitar Duo—Joao Luiz and Douglas Lora. The three will play a Bach sonata and several 20th-century works arranged for flute and two guitars, the distinctive instrumentation that this special combination of talents makes possible. Later this year, a double CD of Bach’s complete flute sonatas performed by Piccinini and the Brasil Guitar Duo will be released by Avie Records. The recital is the festive opening to the Marina Piccinini International Flute Master Classes, an intensive weeklong program that accepts about 20 of the world’s most promising young flutists annually. There will be a free closing recital by the participants on Monday, July 12. See Music.

Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking. For the schedule of performances and ticket reservations, call 410-366-8596 or go to www $25 general admission; $20 for senior citizens, teachers and artists; $10 for students. Buy tickets to both shows, receive $5 off each ticket. Evergreen Museum & Library.

Marina Piccinini


Wed., July 14, 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. JHU/American Red

Cross blood drive. (See story, p. 3.) To schedule a donation, go to blooddrive.cfm or call 443-9976060. Glass Pavilion, Levering.

Relations panel discussion with Joao de Vallera, ambassador of Portugal to the U.S.; Patricia Pinto Soares, SAIS; and moderator Michael Matheson, George Washington University. To RSVP, e-mail 500 Bernstein-Offit Building. SAIS



“Can You Eat Meat and Be an Environmentalist?” a discussion and book signing with Nicolette Hahn Niman, environmental advocate, rancher, vegetarian and author of Righteous Porkchop, Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms. W2008 SPH. EB

Mon., July 12, noon.

F I L M / V I D EO The JHU Summer Film Series,

sponsored by the Office of Summer and Intersession Programs. Live music begins at 7:30 p.m.; movies start just after sunset. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Wyman Quad (in front of Shriver Hall). HW

“The International Criminal Court Eight—Assessing United States Policy and International Law,” a SAIS Center for Transatlantic

Wed., July 14, 12:30 p.m.

Fri., July 9. The Princess Bride; music by the Blue Lemon Trio. Fri., July 16. Fantastic Mr. Fox; music by Deep Tree Mantra.

MUSIC July 7, 7 p.m. Flutist Marina Piccinini will perform with Joao Luiz and Douglas Lora, the Brasil Guitar Duo, in a recital featuring Bach’s Sonata in B minor, BWV 1030, and 20th-century works by Milhaud, Piazzolla and Villa-Lobos. (See photo, this page.) $20 general admission and $10 for students with ID. To purchase tickets, call 410-234-4543. Griswold Hall.



Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Women’s Health with keynote speaker Camara Jones, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and selected research presentations from students and postdoctoral fellows. Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Women’s Health Research Group. Rescheduled from May 24. Lunch will be served. RSVP to symposium_2010.html. W2008 SPH. EB THEATER


“Undiagnosed Serepositivity and HIV Testing Among Men Who Have Sex With Men Only (MSMO) and Men Who Have Sex With Men and Women (MSMW),” a Health, Behavior and Society thesis defense seminar with Catherine Maulsby. 744 Hampton House. EB

Fri., July 9, 10 a.m.

Thurs., July 8, 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 3 p.m.; Thurs., July 15, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. “Communica-

tion and Collaboration.”

Mon., July 19, noon to 3 p.m.


Wed., July 7, Mon., July 12, and Mon., July 19, 10 a.m. to noon , and 2 to 4 p.m. “Getting Started With

“Shakespeare Under the Stars 2010,” the Baltimore Shake-

speare Festival’s annual summer residency in Evergreen’s meadow. Two plays will be performed in repertory Wednesday to Sunday through Aug. 1: Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors and Moliere’s Scapin! Upcoming performances, all at 8 p.m. , are July 9, 10, 11, 14 and 15 (Shakespeare) and July 8, 16, 17, and 18 (Moliere).

Fri., July 9, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Fri., July 16, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. “Assessing Stu-

dent Knowledge and Managing Grades in Blackboard.”

Mon., July 19, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Your Research Career,” a

Professional Development Office workshop for JHMI students, graduate students and fellows. Registration required; go to www (Note: The workshop continues through Fri., July 23— Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and on Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Mountcastle Auditorium. EB



(Events are free and open to the public except where indicated.)

EB East Baltimore HW Homewood KSAS Krieger School of Arts and


SAIS School of Advanced

International Studies

SoM School of Medicine SPH School of Public Health WBSB Wood Basic Science Building WSE Whiting School of Engineering

SPH researchers discover additional benefit of vitamin A B y N ata l i e W o o d - W r i g h t

Bloomberg School of Public Health


itamin A is critical to maternal health and child survival, yet in most developing countries vitamin A deficiency is a leading cause of blindness and increased child mortality. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has long been a leader in vitamin A research, and scientists at the school recently discovered a link between offspring lung function and maternal vitamin A supplementation. The results are published in the May 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. “Children of mothers who received vitamin A supplementation before, during and after pregnancy had significantly improved lung function when compared to those whose mothers received beta-carotene supplementation or placebo,” said the lead author of the study, William Checkley, an assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care in the Johns Hopkins School

of Medicine with a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School’s Department of International Health. “Lung function of offspring in mothers who received maternal vitamin A supplementation improved by about 40 milliliters versus those whose mothers received a placebo. This represents an approximately 3 percent increase in lung function. Furthermore, the magnitude of effect observed in this study is slightly greater than that associated with preventing exposure to parental smoking in school-age children.” Vitamin A deficiency affects nearly 190 million preschool-age children worldwide and is the underlying cause of 650,000 early childhood deaths annually. To examine the effect of antenatal vitamin A supplementation on lung function, researchers revisited a cohort of children ages 9 to 13 in rural Nepal whose mothers were randomized to receive vitamin A, beta-carotene or a placebo. A portable pneumatochometer was used to measure offspring lung function. The researchers found that children whose mothers received vitamin A instead of a placebo had a significantly greater forced

expiratory volume at one second, or FEV1, and a greater forced vital capacity, or FVC, while children whose mothers received betacarotene instead of a placebo had similar FEV and FVC. “Improved lung function was likely specific to supplementation received in utero because this population of children was subsequently exposed beyond 6 months of age to semiannual vitamin A supplementation with high coverage as part of a national program during their preschool years,” said Keith West, the George G. Graham Professor in Infant and Child Nutrition in the Bloomberg School’s Department of International Health. “This benefit was limited to children whose mothers received vitamin A and not to those whose mothers received beta-carotene. Early interventions with vitamin A in communities where undernutrition is highly prevalent may have long-lasting consequences in lung health.” Vitamin A was first discovered in 1913 by E.V. McCollum, the founding chair of the school’s Department of Chemical Hygiene,

now Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. It was one of the first essential micronutrients to be identified. In the 1970s, Alfred Sommer, now dean emeritus at the school, and colleagues discovered the link between vitamin A deficiency and night blindness among children in rural Indonesia and found that vitamin A given twice yearly reduced childhood mortality by a third. The World Bank declared vitamin A supplementation as one of the most cost-effective medical interventions of all time. The current study was written by Checkley, West, Robert A. Wise, Matthew R Baldwin, Steven C. LeClerq, Parul Christian, Joanne Katz, James Tielsch, Subarna Kharty and Sommer, and was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Sight and Life Research Institute. The original maternal supplementation trial was supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Checkley was further supported by a Clinician Scientist Award from Johns Hopkins and a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health.

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