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aculty, meet Blackboard 9.1. This summer, four of the university’s academic divisions will switch to the popular course management software, now in use at a majority of U.S. colleges. Three others will be upgrading to the latest version in the near future. Blackboard will replace WebCT, the virtual learning sysRollover to tem at Johns Hopkins since 2000. No courses Blackboard will be offered in WebCT after summer system will 2010. The Krieger School begin on of Arts and Sciences, Whiting School of July 6 Engineering, SAIS and Peabody will migrate existing course sites to Blackboard starting July 6 and begin use in the fall. (Part-time programs in the Krieger and Whiting schools will continue with Sakai, a customizable community source system used by more than 200 colleges and universities worldwide.) The Carey Business School, School of Medicine and the School of Nursing currently use an earlier version of Blackboard, and a specific migration schedule to 9.1 is being finalized. The Bloomberg School of Public Health and School of Education have their own proprietary course management systems, which they developed specifically for their faculty and students, and have no current plans to switch to Blackboard. Blackboard is a Web-based course management system that allows students and faculty to participate in online classes or use online materials and activities to complement face-to-face teaching. Through Blackboard, instructors can provide students with course materials, discussion boards, virtual chats, online quizzes and other functions. Faculty routinely use the system to post a course syllabus, assignments and a schedule of due dates. Version 9.1, which was released in March, has a new user interface to

Yash Gupta, inaugural dean of the Carey Business School, will soon welcome the Global MBA program’s first students.

Carey School’s dean talks about reinventing the education model By Greg Rienzi

The Gazette


ash P. Gupta laid out an audacious vision when he became the inaugural dean of the Carey Business School on Jan. 1, 2008. In short, he wanted Johns Hopkins to reinvent the model of business education. In doing so, he said, the new Carey Business School would become one of the most innovative and prominent schools of business in

the world. The school would produce a new breed of world-savvy business leaders who possessed a fundamental professional acumen, critical cross-disciplinary knowledge and a strong sense of values. Gupta says the school is on track to achieve all of this. In the fall, the school will welcome Continued on page 5


Wireless EKG technology donated to Balto. By Mark Guidera

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consortium of five Baltimore hospitals, led by the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine, has acquired and donated to Baltimore City new wireless technology able to transmit electrocardiograms from the field over the Internet to hospital-based medical specialists. The donation to the Baltimore City Fire

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Department includes 36 broadband units, enough to equip every paramedic unit in the city and have others available during peak service periods. In addition, the five hospitals each have acquired and installed matching software so that emergency physicians and cardiologists can see EKG data as it’s transmitted by emergency responders. “This is all about patients—getting the best technology and the best treatment to heart attack victims when they absolutely need it the most,” said James Scheulen, chief

administrative officer for the Department of Emergency Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, who initiated the effort to acquire and donate the new technology to Baltimore. “This technology holds the potential to dramatically improve the treatment and outlook for heart attack patients.” The consortium consists of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Saint Agnes Hospital, Sinai

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JHU student wins $50,000 to develop inventive project


student from Johns Hopkins was one of five under-30 “visionaries” from around the world to have been selected as Young Laureates in the inaugural Rolex Awards for Enterprise: Young Laureates Programme. The winners—from Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, the Philippines and the United States—were announced by Rolex at a press conference in Geneva. Each will receive $50,000 over two years to focus on and implement their inventive projects. Jacob Colker, a student in the Krieger School’s Master of Arts in Communication program, was chosen for his concept of changing the way people get involved in community service. His micro-volunteering company, called the Extraordinaries, allows volunteers to use their smart phones to donate their spare time to charitable and scientific organizations. According to the company’s Web site, micro-volunteers have already performed more than 300,000 tasks for more than 200 public-service organizations. The Young Laureates, who were chosen from a pool of nearly 200 candidates by an international jury of experts, will be recognized in November at an event in the

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New multidisciplinary GI research center planned


he Johns Hopkins Center for Epithelial Disorders has received a five-year $1.2 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to establish the multidisciplinary Silvio O. Conte Digestive Disease Research Core Center at Johns Hopkins. The new center, one of 19 created this year, will provide resources for 50 gastrointestinal-related researchers to further their inquiries into proteomics, advanced imaging, mouse physiology and translational research. Mark Donowitz, professor of medicine and director of the Center for Epithelial Disorders, will be the principal investigator in the new center.

Four authors of ‘City Sages: Baltimore’ to give readings


n celebration of the publication of City Sages: Baltimore, the first title from Baltimore’s CityLit Press, four of its featured authors will read from the anthology at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, at Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins. The book brings together for the first time an array of writers who were born in Baltimore or lived in the city. Among them are historical denizens Edgar Allan Poe, Gertrude Stein, H.L. Mencken, Zora Neal Hurston, Frederick Douglass and F. Scott Fitzgerald; contemporary writers Laura Lippman, Anne Tyler, Madison Smartt Bell, Michael Kimball, Alice McDermott, Jessica Anya Blau and Rafael Alvarez; and emerging writers Rosalia Scalia, Caryn Coyle, Joe Young and Adam Robinson. Blau, Kimball, Madeleine Mysko and Jen Michalski will read and sign copies of the book.

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eceiving a cochlear implant before 18 months of age dramatically improves a deaf child’s ability to hear, understand and, eventually, speak, according to a multicenter study led by scientists at Johns Hopkins. The study, published in the April 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, is believed to be the first nationwide look at the impact of surgical timing on the success rate of the implants. The surgery consists of placing a small electronic device into the ear that bypasses the inner ear’s damaged nerve cells and transmits sound signals to the brain. The researchers followed 188 children with profound hearing loss, ages 6 months to 5 years, for three years after receiving cochlear implants at six U.S. hospitals. They tracked the children’s newly emerging ability to recognize speech after the implant and compared their levels of language development to those of 97 same-age children with normal hearing. While speech and language skills improved in all children regardless of age after they received a cochlear implant, age emerged as a powerful predictor of just how much improvement was seen. The finding points to a critical window for diagnosis and treat-

ment, one that does not stay open for very long. Therefore, the researchers say, delaying implantation deprives children of essential exposure to sounds and speech during the formative phases of development when the brain starts to interpret the meaning of sounds and speech. “We identified a clear pattern where implantation before 18 months of age conferred a much greater benefit than later implantation, allowing children to catch up fast, sometimes to nearly normal levels,” said lead investigator John Niparko, director of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins. “Delaying intervention until a child loses every last bit of hearing deprives the brain of much-needed sound and speech stimulation that is needed to develop language.” Each year of delay, the investigators say, can put a child a year behind in language development. Therefore, all young infants with suspected hearing loss, and those with family history, should be monitored vigilantly and referred for treatment immediately, they say. Even though the children in the study never reached the language levels of their hearing counterparts, those who received cochlear implants developed a decidedly better ability to understand and speak than they would have without the device, the researchers found. Indeed, when researchers looked at chil-

dren of all ages, their ability to understand speech grew twice as fast as it would have been expected to without the device, and their ability to communicate back, either with words or other age-appropriate modes of expression, grew nearly one and a half times faster than it would have without an implant. Children who received a cochlear implant before age 18 months nearly caught up with their normal-hearing counterparts over the subsequent three years. Children who received implants after age 3 had language gaps that corresponded directly to the length of delay before receiving the implant. The study also showed that children implanted before age 18 months managed to reach speech and language developmental milestones much faster than those who received their implants later, revealing gaps between a child’s chronological and language ages. For example, children with normal hearing reached a key speech comprehension milestone at age 27 months, on average, and children who received an implant before age 18 months did so around age 3 years. But those who received an implant after they turned 18 months and before they were 3 reached that milestone 15 months later than children who received an implant before age 18 months. Those who received an implant after age 3 did not reach the milestone until nearly two years later, on average, when compared with children who received an implant before 18 months of age. When researchers looked at verbal expression milestones, a similar pattern of delay emerged. The gap between chronologic age and language age grew wider the later a child underwent implantation. Another important factor in language development was how soon and how much the parents interacted with a child, the study found. “The impact of early cochlear implanta-

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loyd Minor, an expert in balance and inner-ear disorders, and Johns Hopkins University’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, has been awarded the Prosper Ménière Society’s 2010 gold medal. The award is for Minor’s contributions to understanding the scientific basis of Ménière’s disease, named for the French scientist who pegged its hallmark symptoms of recurring dizziness and “constant ringing noise in the head,” or so-called tinnitus, to dysfunction in the inner ear. A medal and commemorative plaque were presented to Minor, an otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeon, at a dinner ceremony at the society’s biannual international symposium and workshop on inner ear medicine and surgery, held in March in Austria. Minor, who served as the Andelot Professor and director of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins’ School of Medicine from 2003 until his appointment in 2009 as provost, published four key studies between 1999 and 2001 that laid out the connection between head motion and eye movements and how they are controlled by the balancing mechanisms centered in the inner ear. Most notably, colleagues say, his work advanced the diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders, including superior canal dehiscence, an often-disabling form of severe dizziness. Minor perfected the condition’s diagnosis and refined a surgical procedure to repair a defect in the bone in the inner ear that has restored balance and hearing function in hundreds of people. “This is a great honor for Lloyd Minor, whose dedication to patients, teaching and mentoring the next generation of physicians, and to research in the fundamental aspects of disease, bear true testament to the core mission of Johns Hopkins Medicine,” said Edward D. Miller, the Frances Watt Baker, M.D., and Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D., Dean of the Medical Faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Lloyd has proven

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what the famed scientist Louis Pasteur said, which was that ‘chance favors the prepared mind.’” Miller notes that Minor learned during his undergraduate studies how mathematics can be used to model biological pathways and expose the underlying processes, or pathology, of diseases, especially those of the nervous system. Minor later applied this knowledge to the functional anatomy of the inner ear, breaking down diseases such as Ménière’s into their complex but still decipherable components. From this, physicians have improved how they treat people with balance disorders, whether through balance exercises, diet, drugs or surgery. In addition to his roles at Johns Hopkins, Minor is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, past president of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology and past chair of the Auditory Research Study Section of the National Institutes of Health. Minor earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees at Brown University. He completed his initial surgical residency training at Duke University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in vestibular physiology and residency in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at the University of Chicago.

take advantage of current Web technologies. Faculty can now create course blogs, foster social networking or integrate into their sites multimedia files, such as YouTube videos. The massive migration will be coordinated by instructional support staff in each division, such as the Center for Educational Resources for the Homewood divisions, and carried out by IT@JH. Blackboard Inc. purchased WebCT in 2006 and later announced it would phase out the product. At Johns Hopkins, a task force was established to look into a replacement system, and a user survey was conducted last year. Faculty overwhelmingly chose Blackboard, which has become the industry standard. Amy Brusini, a training specialist with the Center for Educational Resources, said that while WebCT’s phaseout necessitated the move, some faculty had criticized WebCT’s lack of intuitiveness. “Plus, if you think about any software system that was developed 10 years ago, you can imagine the frustrations some faculty have been dealing with,” she said. Candice Dalrymple, associate dean of university libraries and director of the CER, said that Blackboard’s interface should facilitate the migration. “The new version of Blackboard takes into account the idiosyncrasies of WebCT, and hopefully this will minimize headaches for the faculty,” Dalrymple said. Faculty are being asked to back up content they have on WebCT and delete files they no longer use. They have the option to manually migrate their preferred content to Blackboard on or after July 6 or request that it be moved for them automatically. To ensure that nothing gets lost, the

tion was greatly augmented in children whose caregivers used language to engage them,” Niparko said. “And we cannot overestimate the importance of caregiver communication with babies at a very early age, whether they have some degree of hearing loss or normal hearing.” Co-investigators on the study are Emily Tobey, Donna Thal, Laurie Eisenberg, NaeYuh Wang, Alexandra Quittner and Nancy Fink. The other institutions involved in the study were the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles; the universities of Miami, Michigan, North Carolina and Texas, Dallas; and the River School in Washington, D.C. The research was funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the CityBridge Foundation and the Sidgmore Family Foundation. Niparko serves without compensation on the advisory boards for two cochlear implant manufacturers, Advanced Bionics Corp. and the Cochlear Corp. He also serves on the boards of directors of two schools for children with hearing loss that have received gifts from the cochlear implant manufacturers. The terms of these arrangements are being managed by Johns Hopkins University in accordance with its conflict-of-interest policies.

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center is encouraging faculty to migrate the data themselves. Steve Hellen, director of academic applications for IT@JH, said that Blackboard’s user-friendly “drag and drop” interface should make the process relatively straightforward. For those divisions using Blackboard, course sites will automatically be created for every course defined in ISIS, the student information service. Faculty can then opt if and when to publish the course site to their students, as use of the system is optional. “We hope that as time goes on and more faculty perceive Blackboard’s advantages, they will use it,” Dalrymple said. “Even a modest course site with a syllabus and a calendar is useful. A faculty member can point students to due dates for papers or exams, for example.” The Center for Educational Resources and the participating schools will offer training—one-on-one sessions and small group classes—throughout the summer months. Migration instructions, Blackboard video tutorials, tip sheets and other materials will be available online. “We will have a very robust set of resources for faculty to make this transition as smooth as possible, and to accommodate any schedule,” Dalrymple said. “We think this is a major step forward.” For up-to-date information on the migration, go to The site also lists Blackboard training sessions that have been scheduled for Homewood. G

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Gupta Continued from page 1 the charter class to its innovative Global MBA program, which breaks away from the long-standing technique-based model. The two-year full-time program will feature a curriculum designed to be global in perspective and interdisciplinary in orientation and emphasis. He has also led the redesign of the school’s part-time programs. This summer, the Carey Business School will move into 80,000 square feet of space on four floors of the new Legg Mason Tower at 100 International Drive in Baltimore’s Harbor East. The state-of-the-art waterfront building will house classrooms, student space and offices for the dean, the faculty and staff. Gupta, who was educated in his native India and in England, is a widely published scholar in operations management. He came to Johns Hopkins with a track record of innovation. Just prior to joining the university, Gupta served from 2004 to 2006 as dean of the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He had previously served as dean of the business schools at the University of Colorado at Denver and the University of Washington. At USC, Gupta created research centers focused on areas such as global business, biobusiness, sports business and brand management. He also developed a new innovationfocused MBA curriculum. During his tenure at the University of Washington, Gupta led the redesign of the school’s MBA program to enhance students’ global perspective, and the school established a technology management MBA for scientists and engineers. The Gazette recently sat down with Gupta to discuss the Carey Business School’s first years and what the future has in store. Here’s a hint: more innovation. Q: What is your favorite part of being dean?

A: The best part of my job is that since it’s a new school, everything is new. You have to build from the ground up. Nothing is given. Nothing is taken for granted. It’s a program we’re going to build together. It’s a school we’re going to build together. Whatever we do will reflect on the values of the Johns Hopkins of today. It will reflect on what we can be and what we should be. And that is a lot of fun. Q: Does being a fledgling school give you more creative freedom?

A: Yes, it gives you a lot of flexibility to be creative. But, in being a new school, you have to worry about hiring faculty, hiring staff, new students, new facilities and new programs. You have to worry about everything. So, yes, it’s exciting. You can mold it, you can shape it. But the other side is enormously challenging. Q: Why such a challenge?

A: One reason is that in the United States there are 2,600 business schools, and some of them have been around for over 130 years. Wharton was created in 1881. That is a lot of history. We have an enormously competitive landscape in the business world. On a global level, there are 11,600 or so business schools. So you’re not just competing for students locally, you are competing for students globally. You also compete for faculty globally. The competition for talent, no matter where you are or who you are, is as intense as it gets—no matter if you’re one day old or 100 years old. Q: Tell me about some of the faculty hires so far.

A: We have hired some incredible people, and part of me wonders why they came here. I’m joking, of course. But I’m sure part of it is the prospect of working for Johns Hopkins. It’s a huge selling point. One should never take it for granted, working for one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the

world, and the opportunity to work with such talented people. How many places can you be where you have a short drive to the leaders in health sciences, engineering or, in the case of Peabody, music? There are not many institutions that can offer that. I think this is an ideal place for the scholar who wants to work on the frontiers of knowledge. Second, a lot of people come here because it’s brand new. Elsewhere they might be just another professor. Here they get to define, shape and mold a class, a curriculum, a whole program. Thirdly, they consider the future: what they will be able to produce in 10, 20 or 30 years. Why do people come to academia? They come because they are a class of people who really want to make a difference. They expect their students to accomplish even more than they did. That is one way we gauge results. When we go out and recruit, we tell people to come here and be the explorer, not just another faculty member. We offer a new way of thinking. Come here and create with us. Q: Tell me about the hopes for the Legg Mason building and what you hope to build there.

A: We think this will be an incredible place for us. From an aesthetical point, when you see water, you think calm and tranquillity. When you see the other side, you see the urban part, the renewal that has happened here. You see the hope for what can be. The progress and the zeal of America. That area of town being new is consistent with the newness of the business school. Also, look at the occupants of the building, Legg Mason for one. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to interact with them, to have this transparency of companies in the building who meld with the school? Look at medical schools; the great ones have great hospitals attached. The business schools are in a similar place. Business schools need to partner with businesses where their students can learn. And here we have a major business in the same building. I think this is a huge advantage for us. There tends to be a disconnect between practice and the teaching, but not here. This is a great opportunity. Q: When you arrived here, you said you wanted to forge a new type of learning. Can you give me an example of that?

A: Many things. Let me start with the fulltime MBA program. It’s as interdisciplinary as it gets. It has tenets anchored in liberal arts, medicine, engineering and public health. We have pushed four major things. One of them is intellectual flexibility, the ability to think and embrace a variety of disciplines. Think of someone like Leonardo da Vinci, who was trained as a military engineer but then learned the treatise of geometry, the use of colors and medicine. That is what we need to do to train the future business leaders. Our people will be strong in multiple disciplines. Second, it’s important to enhance a student’s ability to do critical thinking with empathy. When I was growing up, maybe you had five friends, 20 tops. You talked to them in person, or called them on the phone or, if they lived far away, you wrote them a letter. Today, an 18-year-old spends so much of his or her awake time on the television, on the phone or online. Kids today have 2,000 friends through places like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, you name it. They have the ability to make friends and communicate with a lot of people. How do you do that without empathy? You can’t. They are grown in the culture of empathy. They want to reach out and make a difference. The third element is global understanding. Business is about people, what inspires them, what is the good and bad in people. I really believe that students need to understand world view, historical perspectives and the culture of other societies to connect with future customers. The last element, the fourth, is innovation. We need to create knowledge and inventions and have them help humanity. We need to make that happen.

Q: Tell me about the first class of Global MBA students.

A: We are recruiting right now. We will have the final composition very soon. The class is looking very good. We have a great mix of domestic and international students, genders, backgrounds and ethnicities. Q: What is a typical business student?

A: There is not a single type. For example, look at the first three students we admitted. One comes from Holland, one comes from Indonesia and the third from right here in Baltimore. All three are very different. One has a lot of experience with NGOs. The student from Baltimore has a brilliant academic record but limited work experience. The other person has a lot of business experience. There is no single basic profile; that is a mistake many business schools make. You want a mix. Q: You want this diverse environment?

A: We want the 20-year-old, the 30-year-old and the 40-year-old all learning together, and to have those people come from different backgrounds and countries. That is exactly what we were looking for. We have to think out of the box and be innovative to be No. 1. When Johns Hopkins was created, it changed the landscape of higher learning. We have a similar task. Q: Are there any preconceptions of a Johns Hopkins business school that you are trying to fight?

A: We hear the refrain of you’re Johns Hopkins, so that must mean health science. People ask me, Are you going to graduate people to be health administrators or heads of NGOs? No, that is not my objective of this program. It’s about creating thinkers and people who want to innovate. Are you telling me that innovation only happens in hospitals [laughs]? Of course not. Innovation happens anywhere. Q: Tell me the type of graduate you hope to produce.

A: I want students to leave here and be tagged with the label of “high potential.” We want to produce the types of individuals who are targeted by firms. I also want people to be the new-ideas person, to be agile and able to pitch in any way you could imagine. I want them to be innovation officers. Let me give you an example. We met recently with some representatives from IBM. We thought they would ask us how many IT people are we producing. But that is not what they were after. They wanted people who are thinkers, who are doers, who have the ability to change. Q: Give me one reason to be positive on the economy. Do you see any markers?

A: Well, yes. The key thing to any economy is optimism. When people are pessimistic, they won’t spend, and productivity goes down. What you are seeing here is the dawning of optimism. This is philosophical. I can give you a lot of broad indicators, but once you start with optimism, it’s infectious. Q: And a good economy is good for a business school, certainly.

A: Of course, absolutely. Look at executive MBA programs; when the economy goes south, the employers don’t support them. They downsize. They are not paying for people to get advanced degrees. And when an individual is out of a job, he or she can’t afford this type of education. Or the person is in a job, but instead of 10 people there are five people doing the same amount of work, and taking time off for a degree is not an option. They say maybe I shouldn’t go to school, or put it off. But, yes, if the economy is good; we are all smiling.


Q: There have been several stories of how we got into the economic mess in the first place. Do you see any inherent flaws in our system?

A: The biggest issue in my opinion is the singular focus on shareholder value maximization. When you do that, you tend to ignore the customer. You tend to ignore your employees. You tend to ignore your community. When you view the shareholder as supreme, you become more inward looking and go from quarter to quarter. Why? On average, a shareholder only holds your stock for 18 months. They don’t care about your five-year or 10-year strategy. They care about the next quarter. As a result, the manager is focused on the next quarter and is not looking forward to the future. Q: Yet companies like Apple are so successful. They seem to be constantly moving forward. They start trends.

A: Absolutely. They are so innovative. So was Starbucks. They wanted you to come and sit. They were the third place: home, work and here at Starbucks. Look at GE. They are a very big company. One thing they do is manufacture ultrasound machines. But how many people can buy an ultrasound? It’s very expensive, somewhere in the range of $300,000, and therefore a very limited market. So what happened? Someone said let’s try to find a new market and design an ultrasound for only $10,000. We will do the business differently. So, they redesigned the style. Yes, it doesn’t have the same degree of accuracy, but it works. They wanted to sell it in China and elsewhere but also right here in the United States. It’s compact and now used in road accidents. You see, that is innovation. Think differently. That is what I’m talking about in terms of our students. Don’t accept a given. I tell our students, invest in tomorrow or enjoy the present until it becomes past. Q: Whereas a company like Blockbuster perhaps lived in the past.

A: Exactly. They didn’t grow. They didn’t innovate. They didn’t invest in video on demand when the time was right. Good companies never stop innovating. Could you now imagine Apple without the iPod, iPhone or iPad? Could you imagine that? Q: Can you talk about some of the changes you made to the school’s existing programs?

A: We have re-engineered all the part-time programs. We started with the premise that God didn’t decree that all courses need to be worth three credits and come in 16-week programs. Especially in a time of downsizing, and when people want to take less time to get training, I thought there has to be a better way. What we did was change the frequency of the courses, and we also took out the redundancies. We said let’s change courses to one-credit, two-credit or three-credit, whatever makes sense. And who says you need to meet for 16 weeks? Maybe eight weeks will do. Then we can produce more courses and give more options to people. Same thing with the master’s programs. We standardized the master of science programs to 36 hours. Why did one have to be 54 hours and one 36? We realized it didn’t need to be that way. We are also piloting two courses focused on discovery to market. They are about how you grasp science and technology, and then take that idea or invention successfully into the marketplace. Q: How do you unwind?

A: I used to run a lot. I read a lot now, but I have to get back to my running. Q: What are you reading now?

A: There are several books. I have actually four books active right now. One is The Great American University by Jonathan Cole. I’m also reading a biography of Lincoln. I’m not sure I’ll get through all of them, but I will try.

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Death rates not best judge of hospital quality, researchers say By Stephanie Desmon

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npatient mortality rates, used by organizations to issue “report cards” on the quality of individual U.S. hospitals, are a poor gauge of how well hospitals actually perform and should be abandoned in favor of measures that more accurately assess patient harms and the care being provided, argue patient safety experts in a paper out April 20. Peter Pronovost, professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Richard Lilford, professor of clinical epidemiology at the University of Birmingham in England, write in the British Medical Journal that hospital mortality rates take into account all inpatient deaths, not just the ones that could have been prevented with quality care. Since many patients are often too sick to be saved by the time they are admitted to the hospital, the researchers argue, hospital mortality rates shouldn’t be the factor that determines whether hospitals are “good” or “bad.”

Only one of every 20 hospital deaths in the United States is believed to be preventable. Hospital standardized mortality ratios, which Pronovost and Lilford looked at specifically in their paper, identify hospitals where more patients die than would be expected (bad hospitals) and hospitals where there are fewer deaths than expected (good hospitals). The ratio—used by the governments of the United Kingdom and by some nonprofits, state health departments and individual hospitals in the United States— has been criticized by some for not separating preventable from inevitable deaths, largely because they fail to appropriately take into account the mix of patients seen at individual hospitals or variations in care within hospitals themselves. Hospital mortality seems like the most obvious way to judge a hospital’s care because it is easily measured, of undisputed importance to everyone and common to all hospital settings. But it does not tell the whole story, Pronovost says. “This tool is widely used, probably because it’s easy. The attitude is, it’s good enough,” Pronovost says. “But it’s not. It’s laudable

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artha N. Hill, dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and professor in the schools of Nursing, Medicine and Public Health, has been named an inaugural inductee of the Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Induction recognizes lifetime achievements and sustained contributions to nursing research. “Nursing research is important because nurses look comprehensively at the broad social determinants of health in addition to physiological, psychological and emotional factors,” Hill said. “Research is marvelous, adventurous and fun. I have loved the multidisciplinary work throughout my career.” Hill has made her mark in the field of cardiovascular nursing science, with the aim of improving heart health for individuals and communities worldwide. After earning her doctorate in 1986, she created what is now internationally recognized as the model for nurse-led, communitybased and team-delivered interventions to control hypertension among young urban black men. With more than 180 publications, Hill is an active researcher, author, policy-maker and advocate for

community-based participatory research in underserved populations. Her prolific publication record, commitment to community, extensive mentoring of students and junior faculty, and organizational leadership demonstrate a lifetime of contributing knowledge to clinical and community public health practice. Hill is a member of the Institute of Medicine and its council and just completed four years of service on the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She also serves as vice chair of the board of directors of Research!America. Hill was the first nurse to be named an honorary member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society, in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to medicine. “Dr. Martha Hill’s leadership in nursing and her research have made a significant impact on the nursing profession,” said Fannie Gaston-Johansson, chair of the School of Nursing’s Department of Acute and Chronic Care, who prepared and submitted the nomination. Hill is one of 22 inductees who will be honored at the 21st International Nursing Research Congress of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, to be held July 12 to 16 in Orlando, Fla.

to want to look at preventing deaths. But if you want to look at preventing deaths, why on earth would you look at all deaths, when it’s only a small percentage that fall into that category?” Pronovost isn’t arguing against making hospitals responsible for the quality of care they provide but just the opposite. He wants to use selected measures that are accurate, examine preventable events and have been scientifically studied. He isn’t against collecting data on mortality; he just thinks they shouldn’t be the sole basis for sanction or reward. In the United Kingdom, the government uses these rates punitively. In the United States, the public may wrongly judge hospitals based on rates used on quality “report cards.” The U.S. government does not use the rates as part of its regulatory oversight of hospitals. “The goal is to say, yes, we need to be more accountable for quality of care, but we need to be scientific in how we separate hospitals of better quality from hospitals of worse quality,” Pronovost says. Using mortality rates can mislead the public into thinking a hospital offers poor care when it does not, he says, or to comfort those who score well, who may just have a false sense of confidence since the rates are not meaningful. In the United Kingdom, mortality ratios vary by 60 percent among hospitals, making them an “absurd” measure of quality, Pronovost says, when only one in 20 deaths can be prevented. One yardstick by which hospitals could be better judged, he says, is the rate of bloodstream infections in hospital intensive care units, which cause 31,000 deaths in

EKG Continued from page 1 Hospital and Union Memorial Hospital. When the system is fully operational— sometime in the next month or so—emergency physicians at the five hospitals will be able to review EKG data in real time as it is sent remotely by city medic units. They’ll be able to quickly diagnose whether the patient is experiencing what’s known as an STelevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI, which is considered a very dangerous form of heart attack. Hospital emergency teams also will be able to get appropriate intervention equipment and other resources ready before the patient even arrives at the hospital, thus saving critical time for doctors to intervene and protect heart muscle from serious damage. Currently, hospital emergency teams wait for patients to arrive and then confirm their condition on an EKG machine before beginning treatment to limit heart muscle damage, usually with a balloon angioplasty

U.S. hospitals each year. Pronovost’s previous research has found that these infections are largely preventable by hospitals that use a five-step checklist with simple steps proven to reduce the infections. Research on the checklist showed that when it is followed, bloodstream infections at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and hospitals throughout the state of Michigan have been virtually eliminated. Looking at some mortality rates may make sense, he says. For example, looking at death rates following a heart attack or elective surgery could be a quality measure since there is an expectation that those patients should survive. Pronovost says that more research needs to be done into which measures most accurately assess how hospitals prevent needless deaths. These, he says, should be how hospital quality is judged. “In using mortality rates, hospitals are applauded because we’ve saved lives because rates are low, or scolded for being above where they should be,” Pronovost says. “There’s no signal there. There’s just a lot of noise.”

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or stents to reopen blood flow to the heart. Research and clinical experience have shown that the faster STEMI patients get appropriate treatment—known as “door-toballoon” or “door-to-intervention” time— the more likely they are to have a strong recovery. Hospital-based doctors will be able to get the real-time diagnostic-quality EKG data streamed to them on a variety of devices, including a PC, BlackBerry or smart phone. Scheulen, who initiated talks with the other hospitals earlier this year to acquire and distribute the equipment, said that the consortium institutions moved quickly to form a partnership and get the job done as part of an ongoing commitment to improving health care in Baltimore. “When the Emergency Department receives real-time information about a patient’s heart attack before the patient arrives at our doors, we’re better prepared to immediately treat them,” said Edward Bessman, director of Emergency Medicine at Bayview Medical Center. “This project is a great example of teamwork and technology truly saving lives and improving patient outcomes.” G

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Weight gain near time of prostate surgery doubles recurrence risk B y V a n e s s a W a s ta

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ohns Hopkins epidemiologists say that prostate cancer patients who gain five or more pounds near the time of their prostate surgery are twice as likely to have a recurrence of their cancer compared with patients whose weight is stable. “We surveyed men whose cancer was confined to the prostate, and surgery should have cured most of them, yet some cancers recurred. Obesity and weight gain may be factors that tip the scale to recurrence,” said Corinne Joshu, a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Joshu and her colleagues sent questionnaires to 1,337 men with prostate cancer who had undergone surgery to remove their prostate at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The researchers asked each participant to recall his dietary, lifestyle and medical factors from five years before his surgery through one year after. Results show that men whose weight increased more than 2.2 kg (about 5 pounds) during the time period had twice the rate of recurrence compared with men whose weight remained the same. On average, the study participants who gained weight reported that they gained about 10 pounds in the five years before surgery and one year post-operation. “The good news is that being physically active reduced the risk of recurrence associated with obesity,” said Elizabeth Platz, associate professor at the Bloomberg School and codirector of cancer prevention and control at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.


Platz says that there are a variety of biochemical pathways that may be active in the body depending on daily activity. These pathways also may vary in their impact depending on the stage and type of prostate cancer and timing of obesity and weight gain. According to the researchers, the study’s size was too small to determine whether weight loss can reverse the recurrence risk. They warn that current prostate cancer patients should heed their physician’s advice on weight loss and activity near the time of surgery. “The overriding message is one that has been repeated many times: Adult men should avoid obesity and weight gain,” Platz said. “Plus, it will likely have an impact on many aspects of their health.” Joshu and Platz say that several confounding factors may have had an impact on the results, including patients’ ability to accurately recall their weight and lifestyle around the time of their surgery. Also, PSA values, an indicator of recurrence, tend to be lower in obese men, so physicians may be slower to detect their recurrent disease. “So, our study may be underestimating the risk of recurrent disease in these men,” Joshu said. Funding for the study was provided by the National Cancer Institute. Additional research participants are Alison Mondul, of the National Cancer Institute; Misop Han, Elizabeth Humphreys and Patrick Walsh, all of Johns Hopkins; and Stephen Freedland, of Duke University. The findings were presented at the 101st annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, held April 17 to 21 in Washington, D.C.

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JHU chapter of Phi Beta Kappa to induct new members


he annual induction of new members into Phi Beta Kappa will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26, in Hodson Hall Auditorium on the Homewood campus. Students and faculty members who have previously been elected to Phi Beta Kappa by any university are welcome to attend (RSVP to Linda M. Pressley at Juniors elected to the society generally rank around the top 2 percent and seniors in the top 8 percent to 10 percent of their respective classes, not counting engineering students or those previously elected. The nominating committee looks for evidence of outstanding intellectual achievement and breadth of learning in addition to a high cumulative grade point average. Undergraduates attending SAIS are eligible for election and are judged on the same basis as the students completing a regular four-year sequence at Homewood. The Johns Hopkins chapter of Phi Beta Kappa does permit some doctoral students to be admitted as well. From the junior class in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

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Cheers Cheers is a monthly listing of honors and awards received by faculty, staff and students plus recent appointments and promotions. Contributions must be submitted in writing and be accompanied by a phone number. BAYVIEW MEDICAL CENTER Samuel C. Durso, associate professor, has

been named director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. An honors graduate of Baylor College of Medicine, Durso completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at University of Alabama Hospitals. He has held various leadership positions during the past 15 years, including medical director of Oakcrest Continuing Retirement Community, Johns Hopkins Geriatrics at Johns Hopkins at White Marsh and clinical director of the division. He is also co-director of the Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center. Durso is the author of Teaching Ambulatory Medicine: Moving Medical Education Into the Office and the editor of Oxford American Handbook of Geriatric Medicine. He also serves as the principal investigator for a number of educational training grants, including the Donald W. Reynolds Consortium for Faculty Development to Advance Geriatric Education. Archie Golden, associate professor of pediatrics and chief of Pediatrics from 1984 to 1998, received a Distinguished Service Award from President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru in recognition of his past and present service to the country. In the 1960s, Golden helped establish floating clinics on the Amazon River, as well as initiatives to improve medical education at the University of Trujillo. In 2009, he worked in Peru with Project Hope to help the University of Trujillo School of Medicine prepare primary care physicians for the needs of the country’s new universal health system. JOHNS HOPKINS HEALTH SYSTEM

Seven members and a management team from the Johns Hopkins community were named 2010 Health Care Heroes by The Daily Record, Maryland’s legal newspaper. Cited for Advancements in Health Care were Alessandro Olivi, chairman of Neurosurgery at Bayview Medical Center; Howard County General Hospital’s Provider Order Management Team; and Laurie Zabin, professor and

founding director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. Named a Physician Hero was Alfredo Quinõnes-Hinojosa, associate professor of neurosurgery and oncology. Honored as Health Care Professional Heroes were Leslie Piet, a Johns Hopkins HealthCare advance practice case manager, and Kokila Argarwal, of Jhpiego’s Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program. Named a Nurse Hero was Ron Noecker, of JHH’s Radiation Oncology Department. Recognized as a Volunteer Hero was Ann Mech, a Howard County General Hospital volunteer. The Johns Hopkins Health System received a Peer Choice Award for critical supply chain efficiency at the Spring IDN Summit and Expo in Florida. The IDN (integrated delivery network) group, which includes 144 executives from 56 health systems, praised Johns Hopkins’ use of an electronic system to foster more competitive bidding for medical supplies rather than renegotiating existing contracts. In a test case involving specialty and therapeutic bed rentals, a bidding process that normally would have taken weeks was concluded in two hours. The Johns Hopkins system since has held 49 e-sourcing events and documented savings exceeding $10 million. The Johns Hopkins Hospital Sleep Disorders Center has received a National Sleep Achievement Award from ADVANCE for Respiratory Care and Sleep Medicine, a magazine that covers the fields of pulmonol-

ogy, respiratory care and sleep. The award recognizes such innovative programs at the center as its effort to promote sleep awareness among inpatients and improve the hospital’s sleep environment for them. The 12-member interdisciplinary center’s team of pulmonologists, neurologists, psychologists and anesthesiologists is headed by Nancy Collop, associate professor of medicine.

ate research in biomedical sciences. James Edward Tooley III, a senior majoring in biophysics, received the Biology Department’s William D. McElroy Award for meritorious research conducted by an undergraduate in the biological sciences.


performed in a concert reading May 3 at New York’s Public Theater of Speak Truth to Power: Voices From Beyond the Dark, a play by Ariel Dorfman. The all-star cast included Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci. The reading benefited Habitat for Humanity’s relief efforts in Chile, Arias Contreras’ native country. O Death, an expansive chamber work by composition faculty member Oscar Bettison, is the title track of a new CD by Dutch

Marketing and communications teams across Johns Hopkins Medicine earned awards of merit and excellence at the 2010 Maryland Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development Alfred Knight Awards. The winners were: Best in Show—Johns Hopkins Liver Tumor Center (team leader, Susan Brickley); Awards of Excellence— Consumer Newsletter: Johns Hopkins Bay-

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DLC honors commitment to advancing, celebrating diversity


t a ceremony this week, 11 individuals and five groups will be honored by the Diversity Leadership Council for their exceptional contributions in advancing and celebrating diversity and inclusiveness at Johns Hopkins. The 2010 DLC Diversity Recognition Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held at noon on Tuesday, May 18, in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Homewood campus. President Ron Daniels will present individual awards to Yolanda Abel, School of Education; Heather Benz, School of Medicine; Alison Carr, APL; Robert Drummond, School of Medicine; Dalal Haldeman, Johns Hopkins Health System; Anthony “TJ” Jackson, APL; Ellen Mackenzie, Bloomberg School of Public Health; Justin C. McArthur, School of Medicine; Delia Silva, School of Medicine; Abha Upadhyaya, APL; and Barbara Ziegler, Johns Hopkins Health System. Receiving group awards will be Pea-

view Health and Wellness News (Johns Hopkins Bayview Communications and Public Affairs); Physician/Referral Mar-

keting: Johns Hopkins Pediatric Otolaryngology Physician Referral Campaign (team leader, Sharon Applestein); Integrated Marketing Campaign Less than $75K: Johns Hopkins Liver Tumor Center (team leader, Brickley); Video Production up to $25K: Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Videos (team leaders, Applestein and Maureen Martin); Awards of Merit Ad Campaign $75K–150K: Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute Good Reasons Advertising Campaign (team leader, Jenni Freas) and Johns Hopkins Children’s Center’s Big Words, Little Patients Gastroenterology TV and Radio Advertising Campaign (team leaders, Kim Hoppe and Kim Martin). JOHNS HOPKINS MEDICINE INTERNATIONAL Manuela “Meme” de Carvalho, an

international care coordinator in the Latin America/Europe regional office on the East Baltimore campus, received a Friend of the Brazilian Army Commission certificate for the superb service she has given to patients referred to Johns Hopkins by the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C. De Carvalho was the only non-Brazilian to receive the honor during a ceremony held in April at the embassy. KRIEGER SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Andrew Zhan Mo, a junior majoring

in molecular and cell biology, received the Biology Department’s Danny Lee Award for outstanding undergradu-

body’s Tuned-In Program (Rachel Choe, Cam Collins, Ben Cureton, Joe Hughes, Brandon Rivera, Ian Simms, Carolee Stewart, Daniel Trahey, Jamie Williams, Demarr Woods and Elijah “Eli” Wirth); Bayview Medical Center’s Black History Month Committee (Carolyn Bailey, Wanda Bennett, Cynthia Callum, Kimberly Casey, Melinda Dangerfield, Freddie Jenkins, Lisa Jibril, William Klosicki, Donique Lomax, Sylvia Parham, Keishia Pratt, Angela Simmons, Omegia Thaniel and Laurene Walker); Johns Hopkins Pharmaquip/ Durable Medical Equipment (Penny Carey, Denise Lannon, Linda Lawrence, Daniel Smith, Evelyn “Angel” Smith, Kristi Stacharowski and Anna Znovena); KSAS Department of Africana Studies’ FAIR: Friends of Artists in Residence (Erika Kelley, Katherine Mann, Parker Shelton, Nadia Shobnam and Aasiyeh Zarafshar); and Peabody Dance (Carol Bartlett and Barbara Weisberger).

group Ensemble Klang. An audio excerpt and commentary by Bettison may be heard by going to and clicking on the feature “Finding Their Voice.” Brandon Keith Brown, a master of music candidate in conducting, has been invited by Lorin Maazel to be an apprentice at the 2010 Castleton Festival in Virginia. He will work directly with Maestro Maazel in an intensive program that includes opportunities to conduct symphonic works and opera. Pianist Hui-Chuan Chen, a doctor of musical arts candidate studying with Ellen Mack, was the first-place winner in the 2010 Russell C. Wonderlic Memorial Competition, presented by Baltimore’s Community Concerts at Second. GPD candidates Eunkyung Yoon, a student of Yong Hi Moon, and Jee In Hwang, a student of Boris Slutsky, were the second- and thirdplace winners, respectively. Kristina Lewis, a master of music candidate, won Peabody’s Sylvia Green Voice Competition. She will receive a cash prize and perform at a Peabody Symphony Orchestra concert next season. Underground, a film scored by computer music major Bijan Olia, a junior, premiered last month at the Boston International Film Festival and won the Indie Spirit Special Recognition Award. Song Yi Park, a GPD student of John Walker, won second place in the First Presbyterian Church National Organ Competition in Fort Wayne, Ind. SAIS Matthias M. Matthijs, a visiting assis-

tant professor at the Bologna Center, was selected as the winner of the 2010 Samuel

H. Beer Prize for the best dissertation on British politics. The selection committee described Matthijs’ dissertation, “The Political Economy of Crisis Making: The United Kingdom from Attlee to Blair,” as “a sweeping study of the changes—some significant, some less so—in British electoral politics in the post-war period.” Matthijs will receive a certificate and $300. David Ahn and Bryan Prior are among the 575 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students selected for the State Department’s Critical Language Scholarships Program to study Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Persian, and Russian and Indic (Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu) and Turkic (Turkish and Azerbaijani) languages. The students will spend seven to 10 weeks this summer in intensive-language institutes in countries where these languages are spoken. Ahn will study Korean in South Korea, and Prior will study Persian in Tajikistan. CLS recipients are expected to continue their study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Justin Frosini, director of the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development, a partnership between the SAIS Bologna Center and the Faculty of Law of the University of Bologna, has been awarded the University of Victoria’s EU Centre of Excellent Visiting Scholar grant for summer 2010. Frosini, who also teaches at Bocconi University in Milan, will be teaching a course at UVic in comparative constitutional law that focuses on theoretical and methodological matters, the nature and challenges of jurisdictional analysis, and select topics in comparative constitutional law. He also will give a public lecture. SCHOOL OF MEDICINE William Bishai, associate professor of

medicine and co-director of the Center for Tuberculosis Research, has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and director of HHMI’s new KwaZulu Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV, which will be located on the campus of the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine in Durban, South Africa. Bishai will remain co-director of the Johns Hopkins TB center and continue leading his research team here as he assumes directorship of the institute, to which HHMI has committed $60 million over the next decade. South Africa has more HIV cases than any other nation, and drug-resistant TB also has become a public health crisis there. Margaret Chisolm, assistant professor, has been accepted into the MillerCoulson Academy of Clinical Excellence, part of the Center for Innovative Medicine at Bayview Medical Center. Raymond DePaulo, professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been selected to receive a 2010 National Alliance on Mental Health Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, nominated by NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore. David Hellmann, professor of medicine, was presented at the May 6 Associates Program Meeting of the Maryland chapter of the American College of Physicians with the C. Lockard Conley Award for contributions to resident education and research. Conley, who died in January at the age of 94, had been a role model to Hellmann as a medical student and resident at Johns Hopkins, and also later in his academic life. Kay Redfield Jamison, the Dalio Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland at a ceremony to be held on June 23. Thomas Quinn, professor of medicine and deputy director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, has received the Senior Clinical Virology Award from the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology. The award recognizes the major impact that the recipient’s contributions to clinical virology have had on the epidemiology, treatment or understanding of the pathogenesis of viral Continued on page 13

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Milestones The following staff members recently retired or celebrated an anniversary with the university in May 2010. The information is compiled by the Office of Work, Life and Engagement, 443-9976060.


15 years of service S t o l a r s k y, Galina, Jhpiego 10 years of service J a n s o r n , Natalie, Center for Talented Youth Q u e e n , Wendy, Johns Hopkins University Press S t e n h o u s e , Sharon, Center for Talented Youth 5 years of service C h e a k a l o s , Christina, Johns Hopkins University Press H i n k e , Edward, Center for Talented Youth H o r o w i t z , Alisha, Jhpiego O ’ N e a l , Kenneth, Institute for Policy Studies W i g g i n s , Matthew, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies

Meredith, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology P r i c e , Akisha, Health Policy and Management W h i p k e y, Brian, Information Systems

20 years of service C o o p e r , Carla, Neurology L a k e , Dianna, Pathology S a n t o p i e t r o , Victoria, Medicine S h o t t , Frances, Ophthalmology


15 years of service A y e , Chun, Facilities Management F i s h e r , Elizabeth, Medicine


15 years of service K r a u s e , Carolyn, Pre-Professional Advising 5 years of service S c a l l y, Ruth, Student Employment and Payroll Services KRIEGER SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

25 years of service B r e w s t e r , Mary, Chemistry G o o d w i n , Eugenia, Chemistry 15 years of service D a n n e t t e l , Teresa, Biology 10 years of service B a n z , Rita, Office of the Dean H u n t , Morris, Mathematics P u d d e s t e r , Frederick, Office of the Dean S o r r e l l , Araminta, Center for Social Organization of Schools 5 years of service M c C a r t e r , David, Summer and Intersession Programs



25 years of service D i e n e r , Karen, Health Policy and Management S k i n n e r , Rhonda, International Health

10 years of service C o l e , Michael, Sheridan Libraries

20 years of service C r o w l e y, Patricia, Epidemiology L i n c o l n , Robin, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology 15 years of service H i n e s , Latrenya, Facilities S t i l l e r , Charles, Maintenance W a k e f i e l d , Sharonann, Health Policy and Management 10 years of service A d a m s , Paul, Support Services 5 years of service B r o y l e s , David, Maintenance C e v i k , Celaletti, Center for Teaching and Learning M u m m e r t , Lisa, Epidemiology

Cheers Continued from page 12 diseases. Quinn, who is also director of the Center for Global Health in the School of Public Health, has been involved in HIV/ AIDS clinical and epidemiological investigations in 25 countries. Akira Sawa, professor and director of the Program in Molecular Psychiatry, has been awarded the Tsukahara Award, the highest honor of the Japanese Society for Neuroscience. Mark Shelhamer, associate professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery and of biomedical engineering, has been chosen by NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute as one of 11 researchers receiving grants to develop programs that address astronaut health and performance risks during future space missions. Shelhamer’s proposal, funded through approximately $10 million in NASA research and technology development money set aside


15 years of service T h o r n t o n , Helen, Business and Financial Services SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Retirees Kathy, 22 years, Pathology Victoria, 21 years, Pathology P o n g s t a p h o n e , Katanyu, 21 years, Otolaryngology Carrick,


40 years of service R o s s i t e r , Nancy, Medicine 25 years of service D a v i d , Paula, Neurology D u l i k , Anne, Medicine

for such research, will examine procedures and equipment for the sensorimotor assessment and rehabilitation apparatus for future astronauts. The Adolescent Depression Awareness Program, led by Karen Swartz, has won the 2010 Outstanding Merit Award from the Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry. SCHOOL OF NURSING Jerilyn Allen, M. Adelaide Nutting Chair

and professor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care, was elected president of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association in April. PCNA is the leading nursing organization dedicated to preventing cardiovascular disease through assessing risk, facilitating lifestyle changes and guiding individuals to achieve treatment goals. Catherine Denver, a senior, received the Kaiser Family Foundation’s first-place award for undergraduates in its contest for essays on the major health policy challenges the nation will face in 2015 and how they should be addressed.

10 years of service A l f o r d , Mary, Pediatrics B r o w n , Diane, Ophthalmology B u t l e r , Norma, Clinical Practice Association C a r p e n t e r M e l l a d y, Boi, Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine L u k e , James, Psychiatry M a c k , Teresa, Clinical Practice Association P o s t , Linda, Urology P o w e r s , Lori, Ophthalmology Tu n s t a l l , Nimrod, Ophthalmology Tu r p i n , Cheryl, Pathology 5 years of service A t k i n s o n , Cynthia, Radiology B a r t o c k , Linda, Surgery B r o w n , Gloria, Pathology D i n g l a s , Victoriano, Medicine F e a r s o n , Deeanna, Neurology F e r r a r a , Andrea, Ophthalmology G e r m a n , Rebecca, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation G i b b s , Benjamin, Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer H o d g e s , Cathy, Medicine H u m p h r e y s , Elizabeth, Urology K i r k l a n d , Nadine, Human Resources K i r k l a n d , Tracie, Medicine N i e l s e n , Michelle, Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine P a i n e , Carolyn, Oncology P a t e l , Apexa, Psychiatry P o r t e r , Christin, Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine S a u e r , Lauren, Emergency Medicine S c h u l t z , Katie, Research Animal Resources S h i m , Josephine, Pathology Te m p l e , Angela, Emergency Medicine To u r e , Marie Valerie, Oncology W a l l , Karen, Pathology W a l l a c e , Meredith, Research Animal Resources W e e m s , Dawn, Institute of Genetic Medicine W o o d , Antonio, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine X u , Haiying, Oncology

WHITING SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING Robert Grande, an undergraduate

majoring in mechanical engineering, was recently awarded second prize in the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Peter Segal Competition. Grande is minoring in guitar in the studio of Serap Gray at the Peabody Conservatory. Carey Priebe, professor of applied mathematics and statistics, is the recipient of the American Statistical Association’s 2010 Section on Statistics in Defense and National Security Distinguished Achievement Award. Priebe is being recognized for his leadership and accomplishments on research projects for the Navy, Army, Air Force, DARPA and the intelligence community. The SDNS citation stated that “his prodigious contributions have resulted in solutions to problems at the forefront of both statistics and defense. Specifically noteworthy is his seminal theoretical work on random attributed graphs. Along with his numerous contributions in computer security, methods for tar-



10 years of service G o d f r e y, Peter, Finance and Administration P f l a u m e r , Amanda, Finance and Administration UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION

25 years of service H a w k e s , Deborah, Office of the Controller 20 years of service G u t o w s k i , Dennis, Facilities Management 15 years of service H o l l a n d , Eric, Facilities Management H o r n e , John, Sr., Homewood Campus Safety Security Services M c G e e , Cherina, Homewood Human Resources Ta y l o r , Gregory, Supply Chain Shared Services 10 years of service B l a k e , Kenneth, Facilities Management R o b i n s o n , Vicky, Facilities Management 5 years of service B a r k e r , Frank, Office of the Assistant Provost for Research Administration C o l e m a n , Ann, Office of VP for Development and Alumni Relations D e a s e , Samuel, Facilities Management F i s c h e r , Renee, Office of VP for Development and Alumni Relations G r e e n , Sherry, Facilities Management H o l t , Donald, Supply Chain Shared Services J o n a s , Scott, Office of the Controller K e r s e y, Chad, Benefits Administration and Shared Services M a c k , Carolyn, Office of VP and General Counsel M o n t g o m e r y, Elizabeth, Facilities Management R u p p e l , Amy, Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs and Special Projects S m i t h , Gary, Homewood Campus Safety Security Services WHITING SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

25 years of service L e o n a r d , Natalie, Office of the Dean 15 years of service R e a g l e , Dorothy, Materials Science and Engineering 10 years of service P e t e r s o n , Ethel, Electrical and Computer Engineering

get detection and classification and in image segmentation, he is the inventor of a tool for discovering latent classes in high-dimensional data known as the class-cover digraph.” Danielle Tarraf, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award given in recognition of young scientists’ commitment to research and education. Tarraf’s award was given for “Analysis and Synthesis of Systems over Finite Alphabets: Theoretical Foundations, Analytical Methods and Algorithmic Tools.” The grant will support the development of a unifying framework built around the use of finite state automata as nominal models of both physical and computing processes. The research addresses fundamental problems at the interface of control theory, computer science, and mathematics and its applications.

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iological differences between the sexes could be a significant predictor of responses to vaccines, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Examining published data from numerous adult and child vaccine trials, they found that sex is a fundamental but often overlooked predictor of vaccine response that could help predict the efficacy of combating infectious disease. The review is featured in the May issue of The Lancet Infectious Diseases. “Sex can affect the frequency and severity of adverse effects of vaccination, including fever, pain and inflammation,” said Sabra Klein, lead author of the review and an assistant professor in the Bloomberg School’s W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. “This is likely due to the fact that women typically mount stronger immune responses to vaccinations compared to men. In some cases, women need substantially less of a vaccine to mount the same response as men. Pregnancy is also a factor that can alter immune responses to vaccines.” Researchers conducted a review of existing literature on several vaccines including yellow fever; influenza; measles, mumps and rubella; hepatitis; and herpes simplex M A Y

Continued from page 16 “Culture, Religion and History in the Development of Modern Popular Credit Institutions in the United States and Bolivia, ca. 1800-2000,” a SAIS International Development Program thesis defense seminar with Brian Norris. 736 Bernstein-Offit Building. DC “Role of Saliva in Blood Feeding by Arthropods: From Sialomes to the Sialoverse,” an MMI/ID Research Seminar with Jose M.C. Ribeiro, NIAID/NIH. W1020 SPH (Becton Dickinson Lecture Hall). EB Thurs., May 20, noon.

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to obtain evidence of the difference in responses between women and men. They also examined the effect hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy have on vaccine efficacy. Researchers found that despite data supporting a role for sex in the response to vaccines, most studies did not document sex-specific effects in vaccine efficacy or induced immune responses. “Understanding the biological differences between men and women to vaccines could have led to better distribution of the 2010 H1N1 vaccine during the early months,” said Andrew Pekosz, associate professor in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. “Our review of the literature found that healthy women often generated a more robust protective immune response to vaccination when compared to men.” “An understanding and appreciation of the effect of sex and pregnancy on immune responses might change the strategies used by public health officials to start efficient vaccination programs, optimizing the timing and dose of vaccines so that the maximum number of people are immunized,” Klein added. The study was written by Klein, Anne Jedlicka and Pekosz. –Natalie Wood-Wright 1 7 - 2 4


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Homewood ArtWalks — Guided tours on Fridays in May (weather permitting) cover more than 200 years of history in 45 minutes and less than a quarter mile. The free Historic Homewood ArtWalk covers historic and artistic sites between the two significant collections of American historic interiors and decorative arts at the university’s Homewood Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Tours depart at noon from Homewood Museum and at 1 p.m. from the BMA. Reservations are requested by calling 410-516-5589 or e-mailing

Response to vaccines could depend on your sex, SPH researchers find

“Exposure Assessment of Contaminants Associated with Industrial Dairy Facilities in the Lower Yakima Valley, Washington,” an Environmental Health Sciences thesis defense seminar with D’Ann Williams. E6519 SPH. EB

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June 15, the Johns Hopkins University Press is having a sale, with some titles discounted by up to 80 percent. Included are books in the categories of health and medicine, history, humanities and the arts, science and math, social science and the Chesapeake Bay region. To browse the lists, go to and click on “Spring Book Sale.”

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Friday, May 21, noon.

“Statistical Methods for Observational Data in Health Services Research,” a Biostatistics thesis defense seminar with Jessica Myers. W2030 SPH (Executive Lecture Hall). EB The David Bodian Seminar—“Functional Organization of Cortical Microcircuits” with Veit Stuphorn, KSAS. Sponsored by the Krieger Mind/ Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW Mon., May 24, 4 p.m.


Diversity Recognition Awards Ceremony (see story, p. 12). Sponsored by the Diversity Leadership Council. Shriver Hall Auditorium. HW Tues., May 18, noon.


Translating Health Services Research Evidence Into Practice to Make a Difference, a Health Services Research and Development Center 40th Year Celebration with keynote speaker Denise M. Rousseau, Carnegie Mellon; presentations by Jonathan Weiner, Bruce Leff and Albert Wu, all Johns Hopkins; and a panel discussion with Rousseau; Alvin Mushlin, Cornell; and Laura Morlock, Johns Hopkins. Sponsored by Health Policy and Management. W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall). EB Thurs., May 20, 1 to 4:45 p.m.

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Women’s Health with 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. Lunch will be served. RSVP to urbanhealth/whrg/symposium_2010.html. E2030 SPH (Feinstone Hall). EB Mon., May 24, noon to 3 p.m.

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Classifieds APARTMENTS/HOUSES FOR RENT Bayview area, 2BR house, backyard prkg pad, fin’d basement, W/D, no pets. Sec dep and credit check required. Elaine, 410-633-4750. Canton, 3BR, 2BA TH, avail June, 2 mi to JHH, no pets, refs req’d. $1,300/mo + utils + sec dep. Anita, 410-675-5951 or amt2813@ Canton, gorgeous, remodeled 2BR, 2.5BA RH. $1,800/mo + utils. (for pics/info). Charles Village (Charles St and University), 1BR studio, hdwd flrs, AC, storage unit, laundry, prkng, avail July 1. $750/mo. 443-5401540 or Charles Village, Carrollton Condos, lg 2BR, 2BA apt, no pets. $1,500/mo. emma.theespot@ Charles Village, summer sublet, 1BR furnished apt, mid-June to mid-July approx, new crpt, new appliances, AC, W/D, wifi. $865/mo. 410236-9840.


Owings Mills, 2BR, 2BA condo, backs to woods, W/D, walk-in closets, storage, prkng, conv to metro, nr grocery, sm pets negotiable ($250 nonrefundable deposit), 1 yr lease. $1,250/mo. 410-336-7952 or Pikesville, 3–4BR house, full kitchen, basement, alarm system, great location, near shopping center, Summit Park elementary school. 410236-1503. Waterfront, 2BR cottage in Baltimore County, pier and boat slip, wraparound deck, W/D, dw, avail mid-June, conv to JHH/downtown/ Bayview/JHU. $1,575/mo + utils + sec dep. 410790-6597 or (pics/details). Furnished rm, 1 mi from Bayview, PA-MD or prof student preferred, full privileges for kitchen, bath, living area, W/D. $500/mo. 2BR, 2.5BA TH (132 N Luzerne Ave), close to JHH, Bayview, Fells Point, downtown. 443803-3876. 4BR, 2BA TH, 3 mins to Homewood campus, avail June 1. $1,600/mo + utils. 410-979-0721 or

E Baltimore, 3BR, 1BA TH., 2 mi to JHH, no pets, refs req’d. $950/mo + utils + sec dep. Anita, 410-675-5951 or


Eastwood (6904 Eastbrook Ave), beautiful, renov’d 2BR, 1.5BA house near Bayview, avail July 1. $1,250/mo. 443-570-5492 or dave918@

Arcadia/Beverly Hills (3019 Iona Rd), spacious, renov’d 4BR, 2.5BA detached house, lg open kitchen/dining area, landscaped, lg deck, beautiful neighborhood. $284,500. 443-803-1910.

Federal Hill, beautifully furnished BR, full BA, short- or long-lease. $950/mo incl utils.

Baltimore Co, single family, 2BR, 1BA house w/ lg private yd, hdwd floors, offstreet prkg, great views of Inner Harbor. $162,900. 443-604-2797 or

Guilford 4BR, 2BA TH, charming, spacious, 2-car prkg pad, basement, yards, safe, friendly community, 20-min walk to Homewood. $1,600/mo. Hampden, 1.5BR TH, living rm, dining rm, kitchen, mud rm, hdwd flrs, AC, W/D, front porch, yd, off-street prkng. $890/mo + utils. 410-370-4555 or Mt Vernon, large deluxe 1BR + den; entire floor in elegant bldg w/marble fireplaces, hdwd floors, AC, sec system; 2 blks to shuttle, no smoking, no pets. $1,050/mo. 410-685-2347. Mt Washington, quiet, spacious 4BR, 2.5BA house, avail 6/10 to 8/17, A/C, W/D, hdwd floors, wifi, piano; no smoking, no pets. $530/ wk incl utils. 410-913-9687 or violaine62@ Ocean City, Md, lg 2BR, 2BA oceanfront condo, sleeps 8, quiet, low-rise bldg on 74th St. Reasonable rates. 410-817-6691. Ocean City, Md (137th St), 3BR, 2BA condo on ocean block, lg pool, close to beach/ restaurants/entertainment, 2 assigned prkng spaces, week of July 3 avail. 410-544-2814 or


Charles Village jewel, 4BRs w/2-car attached garage, orig detail and plenty of updates. $325,000. 410-453-0500. Mt Vernon, 1BR condo, 700 sq ft, high ceilings, refin’d hdwd floors, ornamental marble fireplaces, orig shutters, historic bldg, close to food/fun/JHU shuttle/train station. $121,500. 443-471-6121 or jchris1@umbc. edu . Mt Washington, 3+ BR, 2.5BA home, totally redone, parklike neighborhood, convenient to JHU. $295,000. Towson, 3BR house w/2 new BAs, new kitchen and appls, hdwd flrs, new siding/windows, fenced yd, flower garden, great schools, 20 mins to JHU. $270,000. 410-404-7355. Western Maryland vacation home, former horse farm, great place for dogs to run.

ROOMMATES Share spacious 3BR RH in Wyman Park, 2 blks to JHU, W/D, dw, cable, deck, prkg. $450/mo.

Owings Mills New Town, 2BR, 2BA condo, avail June 1. $1,500/mo + utils. Wehti, 410356-3968.

Share all new refurbished TH (924 N Broadway) w/med students, 4BRs, 2BAs, CAC, W/D, dw, w/w crpt, 1 min to JHMI.

ONE BEDROOM UNFURN. APT in Greektown, 5 min. from Bayview. Private, best suited to single fellow or married couple, no pets or smoking. Required: deposit, credit check, ref. $750 inclusive. Call 410-665-8918.

Johns Hopkins / Hampden 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

Nonsmoking roommate wanted for beautiful home in Ednor Gardens, share with Hopkins faculty member and health consultant plus 2 cats, use of entire house, close to Hopkins shuttle, avail June 1. $500/mo. otopalog@ Share 3BR house with 2 grad students (1M/1F), largest BR in house for rent, W/D, dw, hdwd floors, CAC, backyard, quiet, safe street. Reduced rate if you move in by Sat, 5/22. $660/mo + utils (normally $700/mo). Brian, 443-478-8745 or

SERVICES Expert tutor: English, writing, essays, research papers, grammar, ESL, editor, thesis/dissertation. 240-882-6567 or Male residence assistants needed to supervise 100 high school students, July 10–16, for camp at Homewood campus. Shanna, 410735-4382. Golden Cleaning Service, pet friendly, local, spring cleaning discounts avail till June. 443528-3637 or Need help with your JHU retirement plan investments portfolio? Free consultations. 410435-5939 or

CARS FOR SALE ’07 PT Cruiser touring edition, inspected, 2 new tires, A/C, excel condition, disc CD, 37K mi. $7,000. 410-366-1175. ’03 Toyota Corolla, like new, 64K mi. $9,000. ’96 Ford Explorer, white Eddie Bauer edition, leather seats, sunroof, 109K mi. $3,750/need to sell. 503-504-6803. ’04 Toyota Echo, 4-dr sedan, blue, automatic, AC, very good condition. 87K mi. $4,700/best offer. 410-296-2980 or luluqian25@hotmail .com.

Affordable landscaper/horticulturist avail to maintain existing gardens; designing, planting, masonry; free consultations. David, 410-6837373 or Interior /exterior painting, home/deck power washing, leaf removal, bush trimming, general maintenance, licensed, insured, free estimates, affordable. 410-335-1284 or randy6506vfw@ Licensed landscaper avail for routine lawn maintenance, mulching, trash hauling. Taylor Landscaping LLC. 410-812-6090 or

’96 Honda Accord, 130K mi, 4-dr, white, automatic, runs great. $3,200. 703-501-7136 or

Great photos! Headshots for interviews or auditions, family pics, production shots, events. Edward S. Davis photography, videography. 443-695-9988 or


Tutor available: All subjects/levels; remedial, gifted and talented; also college counseling, speech and essay writing, editing, proofreading, database design and programming. 410-3379877 or

Table w/shelves, printer, chair, tripods, 3-step ladder, digital piano, reciprocating saw. 410455-5858 or Platform/storage bed (pics at .com/gp/product/B001KW0DF4). Also queensize mattress, computer desk, leather computer chair w/ floor mat, shelf/file cabinet, bookcase, clothing organizer; all two years old. Must sell by 5/24. Schwinn 700c hybrid bike, Shimano 21 speed EZ shifter, suspension post seat, black, like new. $100. Sofa/couch and loveseat, custom-made, comfortable, very good cond, beige; throw pillows: burgundy, red, beige, navy. Photos avail. $450/ best offer, cash and carry. 410-935-4762 or

Looking for part-time babysitting or dog-sitting/walking opportunities in the Charles Village, Hampden or Medfield areas. Lscelsi1@ Loving and trustworthy dog walker avail day and evening. Overnight sitting w/complimentary house-sitting services, impeccable references. Piano lessons w/experienced teacher, Peabody doctorate, all levels, patient instruction. 410662-7951. MHIC licensed carpenter specializing in decks, floors, trim work, custom stairs, roofs, framing and/or sheetrock. Rick, 443-621-6537.

Two tickets for Taylor Swift concert, 7 pm, Verizon Center in Washington; one ticket for Tuesday, June 1, and one for Wednesday, June 2.

Play indoor tennis this summer on a Johns Hopkins team; men’s, women’s, mixed doubles, approx 3.0-4.0 level, Tuesday evenings, June through August.

Chair with matching ottoman, good condition. $100/best offer. Desk shelf with 6 compartments, excellent condition. $15. 410-3777354.

Professional Japanese tutor offers lessons in language and culture.

Mattresses, futon, study table, heater, bicycle, bookshelf, foot massager, laundry basket, kitchen items. 443-813-4735.

Friday Night Swing Dance Club, open to public, no partners necessary. 410-583-7337 or

Flawless detailing for your truck, boat, camper, car, van. Great prices. 410-630-3311.

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Next week in ‘The Gazette’: Meet the 2010 Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award winners and the newest Society of Scholars inductees

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“Impact of Everyday Life Stresses on Reproductive Function: Mechanisms Underlying Stress Sensitivity,” a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar with Judy Cameron, University of Pittsburgh. W1020 SPH (Becton Dickinson Lecture Hall). EB Mon., May 17, noon.


“The Wilmer Eye Institute and Health Care Reform,” an APL colloquium with Peter J. McDonnell, the William Holland Wilmer Professor and Director of the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute. Parsons Auditorium. APL Fri., May 21, 2 p.m.

“Transport and Health Outcomes in Developing Countries,” a Graduate Seminar in Injury Research and Policy with Anthony Bliss, World Bank. Part of the International Injury series. W2033 SPH. EB Mon., May 17, 12:10 p.m.






“Transposons: Germline Invaders With a Lasting Impact on Genome Evolution,” a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Cedric Feschotte, University of Texas, Arlington. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

DANCE Sun., May 23. 1 p.m. and 4 p.m . Peabody Preparatory Dance

presents Sleeping Beauty. Advance tickets required; 410-234-4626. Friedberg Hall. Peabody

Mon., May 17, 2 p.m. “The Influence


“Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age,” a SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations discussion with Steven Hill, author of the book by the same title and director of the New America Foundation’s Political Reform Program, and Daniel Hamilton (moderator), director of CTR. 500 Bernstein-Offit Building. DC G RA N D ROU N D S Wed., May 19, noon. “Urban Rats,

Discussing the Problem,” Public Health Practice Grand Rounds with Gregory Glass, SPH, and Katherine Feldman, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall). EB LE C TURE S

The 2010 Efrem Potts Lecture—“Mysticism, Science and Moral Cosmopolitanism in Enlightenment Jewish Thought: The Book of the Covenant of Phinehas Elijah Hurwitz (1765–1821) and Its Legacy” by David Ruderman, University of Pennsylvania. Sponsored by Philosophy and the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Jewish Studies Program. Smokler Center for Jewish Life (Hillel). HW Mon., May 17, 5 p.m.

“Adjusting Mood and Cognitive Circuits with Deep Brain Stimulation,” the first Michael M. Ossoff Visiting Lectureship in Memory Disorders and Alzheimer’s Disease, with Andres M. Lozano, University of Toronto, Toronto Western Research Institute. Reception to follow. Asthma and Allergy Center, Bayview Medical Center. Bayview Tues., May 18, 4 p.m.


A reading by authors Jessica Anya Blau, Michael Kimball, Madeleine Mysko and Jen Michalski from City Sages: Baltimore, the first title from CityLit Press. (See “In Brief,” p. 2.) Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins. HW Tues., May 18, 7 p.m.


Tues., May 18, noon.

Design elements of this living room created by Billy Baldwin ca.1939 will be featured in the exhibition ‘Baltimore’s Billy Baldwin,’ opening May 20 at Evergreen Museum & Library.

Evergreen Museum launches first exhibition on Baltimore-born decorator Billy Baldwin


altimore’s Billy Baldwin, a landmark exhibition organized by Johns Hopkins’ Evergreen Museum & Library, will explore Baltimore-born William “Billy” Baldwin (1903–1983), the internationally recognized interior decorator and tastemaker who was anointed “dean of American decorating” by the legendary Albert Hadley. The exhibition—the first to celebrate Baldwin’s influential five-decade career—opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 24, as part of the guided museum tour. The second installment in the museum’s Modernism at Evergreen exhibition series, Baltimore’s Billy Baldwin features approximately three dozen works of furniture, textiles, paintings, drawings and photographs that illustrate Baldwin’s evolution as a decorator while defining his hometown as a lifelong touchstone for design inspiration. Installed in the North Wing Galleries, the exhibition is organized around vignettes representing three of Baldwin’s most important Maryland commissions: rooms he created for friend Harvey Ladew, the artistic Voss family and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Spanning three decades, these very different interiors illustrate Baldwin’s maturation as a designer and show the influences of modernism and Technicolor Victorian revivalism of the 1920s and 1930s, which inevitably gave way to a sophisticated and comfortable post–World War II sensibility. “Baldwin introduced a more relaxed and practical interior design sensibility, with guiding principles that could be followed by anyone and that still are today,” said James Archer Abbott, director and curator of Evergreen Museum & Library. “His evolution as an innovator in designs for everyday living makes this exhibition particularly memorable.” Abbott organized the exhibition with three Peabody Conservatory doctoral students enrolled in his spring seminar in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences’ Museums and Society Program. Known for his Southern charm, the dapper designer created interiors for some of the world’s wealthiest and most celebrated people of his time. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, composer Cole Porter, actress Greta Garbo, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and fashion doyenne Diana Vreeland were just a few who sought his exuberance and expertise. Baldwin’s particular brand of modernism distilled

traditional European influences through a crisp and efficient American filter. The resulting understated, comfortably restrained designs had such a powerful effect that his name became synonymous with American style. His choice of materials included cotton, bamboo and straw, while classic Baldwin touches were dark walls, white plaster lamps, low slipper chairs, plain draperies, geometrics, off-white and plaid rugs, and corner banquettes. Born in 1903 to an old Baltimore family in the fashionable “streetcar suburb” of Roland Park, Baldwin briefly studied architecture at Princeton and then grudgingly sold insurance in his father’s agency before making the leap into hometown decorating. The personal dance partner of Evergreen’s Alice Warder Garrett after their introduction in 1925, Baldwin found a great reference for his developing style in the Garretts’ Greek Revival residence, which provided an unrivaled tutorial in design and connoisseurship. “Evergreen had opened up a whole new world to me,” remembered Baldwin years later. “There I met many internationally celebrated people; there I was surrounded by the best art and music, as well as conversation. I knew I could never return to the life I had led before.” By 1935 Baldwin’s work had caught the eye of influential New York decorator Ruby Ross Wood, who implored him to join her. “I feel I need a gentleman with taste and I have found him in you, wasting away in Baltimore,” she said. “We must get you away from there as fast as we can. There is obviously no work for you there.” Baldwin moved to Manhattan and, after Wood’s death in 1950, branched out on his own, increasingly going out on the limb of “simplicity in every way.” Near the end of his life he wrote, “No matter how taste may change, the basics of good decorating remain the same: We’re talking about someplace people live in, surrounded by things they like and that make them comfortable. It’s as simple as that.” Baltimore’s Billy Baldwin and its accompanying illustrated publication are made possible by the Richard C. Von Hess Foundation. —Heather Egan Stalfort Evergreen Museum & Library is open by guided tour on the hour, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday–Friday and noon–4 p.m. Saturday–Sunday; last tour is at 3 p.m. Admission is $6; $5 seniors (65+) and AAA members; $3 students (13+ with ID), youth (6–12) and Johns Hopkins alumni and retirees; free for members, Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and students (with valid ID), and children 5 and under.

of Phosphate on Metal Homeostasis and Toxicity,” an Environmental Health Sciences thesis defense seminar with Leah Scharf Rosenfeld. W7023 SPH. EB

The David Bodian Seminar—“Building Expectations: New Vistas for Gamma Oscillations” with Sergio Neuenschwander, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research. Sponsored by the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW Mon., May 17, 4 p.m.

“Three Novel Statistical Applications in Genomics: Redefining CpG Island, Peak Detection From Multiple Chip-chip Experiments and Data Pre-processing for ABL/SOLID Second Generation Sequencing Technology,” a Biostatistics thesis defense seminar with Hao Wu. W2033 SPH. EB Wed., May 19, 10 a.m.

“Trajectories of Mental Health Treatment Among AfricanAmerican Men in Baltimore City,” a Mental Health Wednesday noon seminar with Anne Sawyer, SPH. Hampton House Auditorium, B14B. EB Wed., May 19, 12:15 p.m.

“Risky Business: Perspectives on Working on the Risk Sciences,” a Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute seminar wtith Erin Dreyling, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Bonnie J. Gaborek, DuPont Haskell Global Centers for Health & Environmental Sciences; and Martin W. Gehlhaus III, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. W4030 SPH. EB Wed., May 19, 5:30 p.m.

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

Applied Physics Laboratory Broadway Research Building Cancer Research Building Computational Science and Engineering Building EB East Baltimore HW Homewood KSAS Krieger School of Arts and Sciences PCTB Preclinical Teaching Building SAIS School of Advanced International Studies SoM School of Medicine SoN School of Nursing SPH School of Public Health WBSB Wood Basic Science Building WSE Whiting School of Engineering

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