United Way campaign update
Our United Way campaign has raised $1,447,883--81 percent of the combined goal of $1,832,500 for all Johns Hopkins entities.
Congratulations to Johns Hopkins Medical Services for raising $37,602, or 143 percent of its goal.
Hospital earns National Research Corp. award
The National Research Corporation has named The Johns Hopkins Hospital one of 121 hospitals nationwide to earn its Quality Leader Award. Hopkins was the only hospital in the Baltimore metropolitan area to receive the award, which is based on a survey of 160,000 consumer households that seeks their preferences for overall healthcare services.
Eligibility period running out to enter 2000 United Way lottery
The drawing for the university's 2000 United Way Campaign Thank You Lottery will take place on Thursday, Nov. 2. All faculty and staff members who pledge a minimum of $35 are eligible. Pledges must be received at the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 1.
The more than 30 prizes include a stay at the Embassy Suites, a color printer, a hand-printed quilt, and an autographed photo of former Oriole B.J Surhoff. The grand prize is a purple 1999 Dodge Durango that belonged to the Ravens' Michael McCrary.
Deals offered to employees for new cable-TV Hopkins series
Comcast and TCI are offering Hopkins employees the Discovery Health Channel free for 30 days in order for them to view the first few Johns Hopkins programs created for Discovery Health by ABC News Productions. The 10 one-hour specials were created from unseen footage shot for 'Hopkins 24/7.' The first programs will be at 10 p.m. on Oct. 29, Nov. 15 and Nov. 24 (and repeated on Oct. 30, Nov. 16 and Nov. 25).
Comcast and TCI also are giving away 30 days of free digital cable to anyone who does not already have the service. The customer phone number for Comcast is 888-Comcast from anywhere in the Baltimore area, and that for TCI is 410-649-3444 from anywhere in the city.
Baltimore City residents can view the series through TCI's multi-channeled digital cable, on channel 220. County residents can view the series on Comcast Cablevision's channel 69.
Homewood campus recognized by Clean Cities Coalition
The Metropolitan Baltimore Clean Cities Coalition met at the Johns Hopkins Club on Oct. 23 to highlight plans to begin using alternative fuel vehicles in Baltimore City.
The event was co-hosted by Hopkins, which was recognized for plans to make a majority of its Homewood campus a "green" campus limited primarily to pedestrian traffic. The Yellow Transportation company also was recognized, for its commitment to add alternative fuel vehicles to its cab fleet.
The Coalition was founded in 1994 as Baltimore became a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program. It works to create partnerships between government, industry, regional planning organizations and private citizens that encourage the purchase and use of alternative fuel vehicles. The organization also works to promote the creation of refueling infrastructure for the vehicles.
Alternative fuel technologies under development include cars, buses and vans powered by compressed natural gas or electric-hybrid fuel cells.
The coalition is directed by the Maryland Energy Administration.
Nov. 1 'Oprah Winfrey Show' takes a look at life at Hopkins
Life at Johns Hopkins will be the focus of the Nov. 1 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Several of the physicians and patients prominent in ABC's documentary Hopkins 24/7 will be appearing on the live, one-hour broadcast. In addition, Ben Carson will appear in footage shot by the show at the hospital last Friday.
Clips from both Hopkins 24/7' and the upcoming Discovery Health Channel Hopkins series will be shown.
Author of Hopkins anniversary book to give illustrated talk
Author/editor Mame Warren will present "From Gilman to Greatness," an illustrated lecture on the 125-year history of Johns Hopkins, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 5:30 p.m. in Shriver Hall, Homewood campus.
The lecture is based on Warren's just-published book, Johns Hopkins: Knowledge for the World, commissioned by the university for its 125th anniversary celebration.
The event is co-sponsored by Friends of the Libraries and the Alumni Association. The event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow.
In addition to the five faculty members who were reported last week as new members of the Institute of Medicine, Catherine De Angelis is among the 60 new members. De Angelis, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, is on a leave of absence from the Department of Pediatrics, where she is a professor.
Soccer player Matthew Doran's scoring streak of consecutive games with at least one goal did not end on Oct. 18, as reported Oct. 23 in The Gazette. The junior sat out that game due to injury.
In the following game, Doran resumed the streak, which as of press time stood at an NCAA Division III record 14 games. With three goals scored against Lycoming College on Oct. 25, Doran broke the JHU record for goals in a season, 24.