JHU joins plan for parents to lock in future tuition
Johns Hopkins has joined Tuition Plan Consortium's
Independent 529 Plan, which allows parents to lock in
tuition rates at less than present levels for their
children's future use. It is one of 257 institutions now
The plan was launched in 2003 in a cooperative effort
by a national group of private colleges and universities to
help families manage the rising cost of higher education.
Under the program, individuals can purchase tuition
certificates for future redemption at participating
institutions. At Hopkins, purchasers will be eligible to
use the certificates for their children who are admitted to
and enroll as full-time undergraduates in the Krieger or
Ellen Frishberg, director of student financial
services at Johns Hopkins, said, "I-529 is an excellent
tool for families who know they want a private college or
university education for their kids. We are very pleased
that those families will now have the opportunity to save
tax-free for a future Johns Hopkins education."
Among the other members are Amherst, Princeton, MIT,
Stanford, Notre Dame, Carnegie Mellon, Wake Forest,
Syracuse, Smith and Emory. For more information, go to
NIH grant to ICE professor will fund new wound healing
Gregg L. Semenza, a professor of vascular cell
engineering in the Institute for Cell Engineering, has been
awarded an NIH grant for a new wound healing center.
The grant is part of a new initiative of the National
Institutes of Health to bring together experts from many
fields including microbiologists, engineers, cell
biologists, dermatologists and other physicians to
integrate current knowledge about how wounds heal and
generate new strategies to improve treatment.
Semenza's group will study how endothelial progenitor
cells can speed healing and reduce scarring in burn wounds.
The cells are produced in bone marrow and are essential to
rebuilding blood vessels, which are needed to repair
injured tissues. The research team will test ways to
promote natural healing by turning on a specific set of
genes that recruit endothelial progenitor cells to the
International Reporting Project Fellows begin studies at
Eight U.S. journalists have been awarded International
Reporting Project Fellowships at SAIS for the fall 2006
program, which combines eight weeks of study in Washington,
D.C., and five weeks of individual overseas reporting.
The fellowships, aimed at encouraging coverage of
international issues by the U.S. news media, begin this
week at SAIS. The journalists will focus on stories in
China, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela and
the Republic of Congo.
One fellow, Nazanin Rafsanjani, a New York-based
public radio journalist, will receive an additional five
weeks of training with National Public Radio as the
NPR-Bucksbaum International Fellow. During her NPR
training, she will produce a project for one of NPR's
Two of the fellows, Jennifer Dunn of KTUH-FM in
Honolulu and Matthew Ozug of Sound Portraits Productions in
New York, are focusing on international health issues,
supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dunn will
focus on China and Ozug on Cambodia.
Nominees sought for MLK Jr. Award for Community
Nominations are now being accepted for the Martin
Luther King Jr. Award for Community Service, which
recognizes outstanding commitment to volunteer community
service in 2006. Faculty, staff, employees, graduate
students and retirees of the university and the medical
institutions are eligible.
Recipients will be honored at the annual Johns Hopkins
Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to be held in
January on the East Baltimore campus, and will receive an
engraved award, certificate of recognition, one paid day
off and $200 donated to the nonprofit charity of their
To submit a nomination, go to hrnt.jhu.edu/mlk. For
more information, go to
www.jhu.edu/outreach/mlk or contact Matt Smith in the
Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs at
JHU graduate student is first NCIS forensic
Shadonna Hawkins, a master's student in the School of
Nursing's Forensic Nursing Specialist Program, became the
first nurse, as part of a summer internship, to join the
U.S. Navy's nationally recognized Naval Criminal
Investigative Service and was recently asked to continue
her tenure with the unit until she completes her degree in
December. Hawkins is assigned to the elite NCIS Death
Terrorism expert Brian Jenkins to speak today at
Brian Jenkins, one of the world's leading authorities
on terrorism, will speak at SAIS at 5:30 p.m. today, Sept.
11, in the Rome Building auditorium.
Jenkins, a senior adviser to RAND, will discuss "Where
Are We in the War on Terror?" at this forum hosted by the
Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at SAIS. He
recently published a book titled Unconquerable Nation:
Knowing Our Enemy, Strengthening Ourselves.
John McLaughlin, Merrill Center senior fellow and
former acting director of the CIA, will moderate the
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