APL is named Great Place to Work by
The cover of the November issue of
Washingtonian magazine shouts "50 Great Places to
Work," and on the inside pages, readers will find the
Sherri Dalphonse, senior editor of the magazine, told
APL, "Your organization was one of 50 chosen because of its
interesting work, good benefits, collegial staff,
stability, employee development and community
APL, which has 3,350 employees, is located in Laurel,
Md., midway between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The
magazine hit the newsstands Oct. 23.
Campaign blogs are new tool for presidential
The use of blogs is transforming the way presidential
campaigns communicate, according to a report released Oct.
20 by Johns Hopkins' CampaignsOnline.org project. The
report also found that while there has been much media
attention concerning campaign blogs, only four of the nine
Democratic candidates for president currently utilize blogs
as part of their communication strategy.
Blogs, short for Weblogs, are frequently updated
Internet journals that have become a growing Internet
subculture. This once-techie phenomenon has become an
invaluable tool in the 2004 presidential election, adding
another innovative Internet component to campaign
The report, "The Use of Blogs in the 2004 Presidential
Election," finds that Wesley Clark, Howard Dean, John Kerry
and John Edwards are the only candidates using official
campaign blogs to get out their message. The report notes
that without an official blog, a campaign "lacks the
ability to directly communicate and create an interactive
dialog with supporters."
Alexis Rice, author of the report and project director
of CampaignsOnline.org, said, "Blogs are the biggest
communication innovation for the 2004 election. Blogs are
transforming campaign communication and will become not
only an important tool in the presidential election but in
future state and local elections.
The full report can be found at
The Web site also features links, resources and a blog on
the use of the Internet and emerging technologies in the
2004 presidential campaign.
Team effort in marathon takes professors to winner's
Four Johns Hopkins faculty members have added a new
line to their personal resumes: Member of JHU Men
Professors, winners of the Corporate Cup team relay in the
2003 Baltimore Marathon.
Clocking in at 2 hours and 41 minutes were Thomas
Haine, associate professor, Earth and
Planetary Sciences; Peter Searson, professor,
Materials Science and Engineering;
Jerry Meyer, professor, Chemistry;
and Marc Parlange, professor, Geography
and Environmental Engineering.
"A fine example of the two Homewood schools coming
together," commented one runner after the race, which took
place on Oct. 18.
JH patient safety experts to aid Michigan hospital
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has
awarded a Johns Hopkins team of patient safety experts a $1
million grant to aid the Michigan Health and Hospital
Association with statewide intensive care unit
The two-year joint project, designed to improve
patient safety and care in the ICUs of more than 55
hospitals in Michigan, will focus on implementing
field-tested best practices to reduce the risk of medical
errors and enhance patient protections.
Peter Pronovost, a critical care and patient safety
expert at Johns Hopkins, said, "Hopkins has helped develop
and test programs that improve the quality of care and
safety in ICUs, and this grant will help make them more
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