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January 2011 JHUpdate

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As many comebacks as a cat


At 82, Peabody great Leon Fleisher is packing them into recital halls yet again. But the master pianist with the incredible personal story is now also a writer, with the publication of his memoir "My Nine Lives." More coverage here.


Geminiraptor suarezarum


Sure, we all have degrees, prizes, awards and honors. But how many of us can say we have a newly identified dinosaur species named for us and our twin sister? Now, that's cool.  


Vamping for science


Jazz players and rap singers work with Charles Limb — a faculty member at both the School of Medicine and the Peabody Conservatory — to study creativity and how the brain improvises.    


$30 million gift to the Whiting School

Business leader and double degree graduate John C. Malone has made the largest gift in the history of the Whiting School of Engineering.

Was one wedding enough?

Sociologist Andrew Cherlin writes that "marriage is simply less necessary than it used to be." But he urges divorced men and women to "think of the children" before choosing cohabitation instead of remarriage.

More than maternal instinct
How to make sure that new mothers know what they need to know before they leave the hospital? A graduate student at the School of Nursing is working on it.

Don't wait till it's too late
Larry Wissow of the Bloomberg School of Public Health says the tragedy in Tucson should prompt discussion on how we deal with mental illness in our society.

Too frail? The incision decision
Johns Hopkins research is helping doctors decide when older patients are good candidates for surgery.

Hardware upgrade
Tech-savvy Johns Hopkins student volunteers rebuild computers for tech-challenged public schools.

Impatience with Pyongyang
A fellow at SAIS's U.S.-Korea Institute urges the Obama administration to "get serious" about North Korea.

Caring medical care
Dedicated undergraduate volunteers help Johns Hopkins fill in the gaps for patient families whose needs go way beyond medicine.

Join the Hopkins Online Book Club


Skip the potluck and log on to your computer for the Hopkins Online Book Club. Now ongoing is a riveting discussion about "Is God a Mathematician," led by author Mario Livio, an astrophysicist at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute. Pick up the book and join the conversation today.

Pay dues, give twice


Alumni Association dues payers get a boost in benefits while supporting important programs and services for Johns Hopkins students and grads. Give to yourself and others by signing up today.

Planning your social calendar?
Check out the list of upcoming events to see what going on in your area.

Planning your vacation?
See the 2011 slate of Alumni Journeys, and pre-register for trips in 2012.

G&S and JHU


We hope you liked our annual year-end musical shout out of thanks to Johns Hopkins supporters, "We are the Very Model of a Modern University." Some who enjoyed the video couldn't quite place the song. It was a send-up of a send-up; we doctored the words to Gilbert and Sullivan's satirical "Major-General's Song" from "The Pirates of Penzance." If you haven't seen it yet, enjoy it now. If you've seen it already, by now you can probably sing along to the catchy new lyrics written by Marci Kenney, A&S '78, SAIS '79. Thank you!



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