Nobel laureate Peter Agre announces departure from
Peter Agre, a professor of
medicine in the School of Medicine and winner of the
2003 Nobel Prize in chemistry, announced to colleagues last
week that he would be leaving Johns Hopkins after 28
Agre, who received his medical degree from Hopkins in
1974 and returned in 1981 after postgraduate training and a
fellowship, began a six-month sabbatical on Jan. 1. On July
1, he will become vice chancellor for science and
technology at the Duke University Medical Center.
The opportunity, he said in a broadcast e-mail, will
allow him to pursue his interests in science policy and
education and will provide a platform for his interest in
championing human rights. This winter, Agre will begin his
term as chair of the Committee on Human Rights of the
National Academy of Sciences.
His laboratory, he said, will move to Duke but will be
smaller than the operation he had at Johns Hopkins.
Children's Center seeking 'Change Bandits' for
Beginning today, the
Center is looking for "Change Bandits" to help solicit
loose change from the pockets, desk drawers and piggy banks
of their co-workers, families and friends. The money raised
will officially kick off the 16th annual Mix 106.5 FM
Radiothon to benefit the center.
In its 15 years, the Mix 106.5 FM Radiothon has raised
more than $7 million to benefit pediatric research and
patient care at Johns Hopkins.
This year's on-air event will begin at 5 a.m. on
Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Children's Center's Hope Forest
Lobby and will continue live from the hospital and the Mix
106.5 FM studio in Towson until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.
To volunteer as a Change Bandit, register online at http://www.mix1065.fm or
call the Mix studio at 410-825-5410. Donations will be
collected from all Bandits at a Change Bandit Bash
(time/date TBA) and in the Hope Forest Lobby at the
Children's Center during the live Radiothon broadcasts on
Feb. 24 and 25.
Fells Point businesses support JHPIEGO's tsunami
Twenty Fells Point businesses are sponsoring Asia
Tsunami Week from Jan. 24 to 29 by donating a portion of
their revenues to
JHPIEGO, which is headquartered in the neighborhood.
JHPIEGO, an international health organization that has been
part of JHU for 32 years, established the Asia Tsunami Fund
to support its relief and long-term recovery and
development work in South Asian nations hit by the Dec. 26
Indian Ocean tsunami.
The kickoff event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m.
tonight at Red Star restaurant, 906 S. Wolfe St.
Fells Point is also home to a number of Johns Hopkins
Businesses participating in the fund-raising efforts
are Su Casa, Fells Point Surf Company, Urban Adventure
Company, After Midnight, Brassworks Company, .925 The
Silver Store, Strictly BeMore, Fells Point Popcorn, the
Frame House, Art Gallery of Fells Point, Sound Garden,
aMuse, Funky Fish, Eclectic Elements, Urban Posters,
Grrreat Bears, Carmella's Art Gallery & Gift Shop and Wind
JHPIEGO works to improve health care services for
women and families by training and supporting doctors,
nurses, midwives and health educators throughout the world.
Direct contributions to JHPIEGO's Asia Tsunami Fund
may be made online at
www.jhpiego.org. Donations made before Jan. 31 are
eligible for tax deductibility on 2004 tax returns.
JHU Summer Day Sports Camp now accepting
The JHU Summer Day Sports Camp, which is operated
primarily for the children of members of the Johns Hopkins
community, will begin its 39th year of operation on June
Applications are now available for the all-day
program, which serves boys and girls from the ages of 5
through 13. All campers are guaranteed a spot if registered
with a nonrefundable deposit by May 1.
Directors of this year's camp will be Brad
Mountcastle, JHU head athletic trainer; Bill Nelson, men's
basketball coach; and Robert Babb, head baseball coach.
For information about the program and/or a
registration application, contact Babb at 410-516-7490.
KSAS and WSE soliciting nominations for teaching
The schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering are
asking students, alumni and faculty to submit nominations
for several awards that recognize excellence in teaching.
The awards, which will recognize both faculty and
teaching assistants, are based on nominations and are
reviewed and chosen by separate committees in each school.
A single nomination is sufficient for the various awards.
It must include the nominee's name and department and a
description of what makes him or her different from other
good teachers at Homewood.
Professors, instructors and lecturers who have taught
in either of the two schools on any level on a regular
basis for at least three years may be nominated. Faculty,
however, are ineligible to win an award more than once in
Arts and Sciences nominations should be submitted to
Sabrina Raymond, 237 Mergenthaler Hall, and Engineering
nominations to Steph Schreckinger, 126 New Engineering
JHPIEGO, CARE team to restore Indonesian health care
partnering with the humanitarian group CARE to re-establish
high-quality health care facilities in the Indonesian
province of Aceh, where more than 160,000 lives were lost
to the tsunami.
JHPIEGO has worked to strengthen health care services
in Indonesia for more than 30 years. The organization's
network of obstetricians, midwives, nurses and
pediatricians is unmatched in Indonesia, according to
Leslie Mancuso, president and CEO of JHPIEGO.
Mancuso has been in Indonesia since early this month
working with local staff and officials to assess damage and
develop strategies to rebuild facilities and the health
care system in Aceh.
Seventy-seven community health clinics in Aceh
province were destroyed by the tsunami, and it is estimated
that approximately 70 percent of health care workers lost
their lives, are missing or have left Aceh. At the eight
hospitals left standing, crowded conditions and lack of
adequate supplies and equipment are hampering the ability
to treat the sick and injured.
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