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Last week was SOURCE’S Volunteer Week for students here at the Bloomberg School. All the different events and activities culminated in a Day of Service on Saturday with students, faculty and staff going out to different neighborhoods and volunteering in the communities. The Environmental Health and Engineering students and staff spent their time at Bethel Street Farm.


 Admissions Services is doing our own Day of Service today at the House of Ruth (Maryland), which is a intimate partner violence center. While the places we choose are different each year, it is a great way to connect with different areas of Baltimore.

Admissions Services will resume normal hours on Friday, May 5 at 8 a.m.

With the news on the Syrian war continuing to provoke horror, it has been a welcome relief to see news outlets covering the two Syrian doctors who were awarded full tuition scholarships for the MPH program starting this summer. The scholarship was created by the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health in order to help provide support to recreate the Syrian Healthcare System when the war ends.

Dr. Alfred Tager and Dr. Mohammad Darwish are this year’s recipients and both express the desire to save the lives of their countrymen. “To me, becoming able to save lives on a much larger scale and help raise the health care system from under the rubble again and plan for the well-being of the generations to come is my dream,” Darwish says. “A Master of Public Health is a crucial step on this road and I feel very grateful to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for this initiative in a time where most of the world has turned a blind eye to the tragedy of the Syrian people.”

For more information on the recipients and the goal of the scholarship, you can read the press release and/or watch the abc2 WMAR news report.

If you missed HBO’s TV movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks last weekend then I highly encourage you to watch it. The movie is based on the award winning book of the same name by Rebecca Skloot. My co-workers and I had the privilege of attending a pre-screening thanks to HBO and Johns Hopkins last Friday here on the East Baltimore-Medical Campus. We came away impressed and discussing the impact Henrietta and her family’s story had on medical ethics.


Starring Oprah Winfrey as Henrietta Lacks’s daughter, the movie focuses on the impact of Henrietta’s family when her biopsied cells became famous in the medical and scientific world. The movie hints at the ethical missteps that occurred surrounding Henrietta and her family and highlights the basic human conditions of love, loss and friendship. However, a great deal of the book was cut out of the film. Having read the book shortly after being published, I remain most drawn to how the story of Henrietta Lacks changed the culture of medicine. In addition to the movie version’s themes, the book explores the development of medical ethics, the impact of the unprecedented events on the doctors and pathologists involved, how common procedures changed and the ethics surrounding emerging medical technology. As much as I enjoyed HBO’s adaptation, I missed the ethical questions in the midst of sharing Deborah Lacks’s search to know the mother she lost at such a young age.

Johns Hopkins granted HBO full access to their archives and allowed several days of filming to take place on the hospital grounds. The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute also honors Lacks through the Urban Health Institute Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award, which is a $15,000 award that supports community-university collaborations. For anybody interested in the story, I highly recommend both the book and movie

The last week in Baltimore has felt more summer like than spring, but nobody on the East Baltimore Medical Campus is complaining. Here are some photos of our green spaces in the middle of the city.

Students, Faculty and Staff eat lunch in the courtyard

Medical School Courtyard

Outside Hampton House

Students walk along N Broadway


If you’ve been following the JHSPH Instagram Account (johnshopkinssph), then you probably saw the beautiful picture from April 2, 2017 of the Bloomberg School lit up in blue lights. While April 2 was World Autism Awareness Day and April is National Autism Awareness Month, Autism research is a part of daily life here at JHSPH.

The Wendy Klag Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities promotes research and education regarding the origins, detection, measurement and prevention of conditions that affect behavioral, socioemotional and/or cognitive development. As one of the centers and institutes affiliated with JHSPH, the Wendy Klag Center offers funding for student and post-doctoral research projects, student travel awards and internship placement. If the mission and research of the Wendy Klag Center are of interest to you, be sure to take a look at the opportunities available to Bloomberg School students.

And if you want to learn more about the Wendy Klag Center and the state of Autism and Autism research in the United States, enjoy this award winning video.