Students compete in Collegiate Inventors
A medical student and two undergraduate teams from Johns
Hopkins are among 12 finalists competing
this week for a sizable cash award and the prestige of
being named the nation's best collegiate
The Collegiate Inventors Competition, sponsored by the
National Inventors Hall of Fame
Foundation, recognizes inventions that show practical
applications to meet pressing needs in society.
Curtis Chong was selected for identifying
itraconazole, a drug typically used to treat fungal
infections, as an effective antiangiogenic agent for
treating cancer and diabetic retinopathy. Joshua
Liu, Gayathree Murugappan, Kevin Yeh and Vicki Zhou devised
SurgyPack, a novel means for bowel
packing. Joshua Lerman, Hanlin Wan and Swarnali Sengupta
created the ICU Mover Aid.
Judging will take place Nov. 19 in Kansas City. Prizes
of $15,000 will be awarded to the top
undergraduate and graduate finalists, and the grand prize
winner will receive $25,000. The academic
advisers for each winning team will also receive a cash
Nursing schools at JHU, King's College London to
Hopkins University School of Nursing and the Florence
Nightingale School of
Nursing and Midwifery at King's College London — with
their clinical partners, the nursing departments
at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Guy's and St. Thomas'
Hospitals — have agreed to develop and launch
a formal collaboration.
According to Martha Hill, dean of the Johns Hopkins
School of Nursing, and Anne Marie
Rafferty, head of the King's College London School of
Nursing, the collaboration will strengthen the
research, practice and educational programs at all the
institutions. The framework for collaboration
will support joint research and evidence-based practice
projects that lead to scholarly publications,
curriculum development and faculty, staff and student
exchange and mentorship.
Author Michael Olesker to talk about 'The Colts'
Baltimore, 1958. For football fans, that date means
only one thing — the year the Baltimore Colts
defeated the New York Giants in sudden-death overtime.
In The Colts' Baltimore: A City and Its Love Affair
in the 1950s, his new book just published by
the Johns Hopkins
University Press, journalist Michael Olesker reflects
on that time and what it
meant to the city where he grew up. It's a snapshot, he
says, of an American city in the late 1950s, a
time defined by race relations, white flight, rock 'n'
roll, teenage rebellion and athletes who had to
hold "regular" jobs to support their families. At 7 p.m on
Tuesday, Nov. 25, Olesker will read from and
sign copies of the book at Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins.
Catherine DeAngelis endows fund at Children's
Catherine DeAngelis, professor of pediatrics,
former vice dean for academic affairs and faculty
in the School of Medicine and now editor in chief of the
Journal of the American Medical Association,
has won a $100,000 Medical Award of Excellence from the
Ronald McDonald House Charities for her
contributions to pediatrics. She has directed that the
money be given to the Johns Hopkins Children's
Center to establish the Dr. Cathy DeAngelis Endowment Fund
and encourage others to contribute to
the Child Life program, which provides entertaining
activities for hospitalized children to help them
overcome their worries about hospitalization.
Pilot gunshot detection system installed in Charles Village
A pilot project for a new safety system in the Charles
Village area will undergo its final test
this week. The Secures gunshot detection system was
developed by Planning Systems Inc. in Reston,
Va., and is being tested here in collaboration with
JHU Campus Safety
and Security at Homewood, iXP
Corp. and the Baltimore Police Department.
Ninety detector boxes have been installed, on street
lights and elsewhere, in the area bordered
by University Parkway on the north, 25th Street on the
south, Barclay on the east and Charles Street
to the west with the exception of 25th to 29th streets,
where Howard Street is the western border.
When the system is operational, a gunshot in that area
will be detected and triangulated,
triggering an audible alert in the university's
communications center and visually alerting its staff to
the address where a shot has been fired. The staff will
then alert the Northern District police
dispatcher via a direct link to the Baltimore Police
Department, which will respond. The sensors'
technology can differentiate between fireworks, a vehicle
backfire and a gunshot.
The system, which does not record sound, will provide
another layer of high-tech security to
the Homewood campus.
No 'Gazette' next week because of Thanksgiving
There will be no Gazette next week because of the
Thanksgiving break. The calendar in today's
issue lists events scheduled through Dec. 1, the date of
our next publication. The deadline for
calendar and classified submissions for the Dec. 1 issue is
noon on Wednesday, Nov. 19.
JH Tech Transfer honored with Deal of the Year
The Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer Office has
received the Deal of the Year award in
technology and biotechnology from the Maryland chapter of
the Association for Corporate Growth.
The award cites the 12 startup companies that JHTT helped
launch in fiscal year 2008, based on
technology breakthroughs at Johns Hopkins. ACG, with 12,000
members nationwide, is the world's
leading association for professionals involved in corporate
growth, development and mergers and
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