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That’s right. It rained. It poured. Baltimore completely missed the solar eclipse. My coworkers and I made a second attempt to see part of the eclipse by going to the ninth floor where it was at least dry and we could see some of the clouds parting.Homemade Viewer

Although I’m very disappointed to have missed my chance to see a solar eclipse, I’m glad we did try the ninth floor. There we saw a cute handmade projector and met a Ran-Der Hwang, a postdoctoral student in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and his son spending the afternoon tracking the solar eclipse.

Ran-Der and Jason Hwang

Jason tried to console me with a livestreamed view from Charlotte, NC.

View of Eclipse from Charlotte, NC

Ellen MacKenzieIf you follow our social media, then you noticed that the 11th Johns Hopkins Dean of our School of Public Health was announced Friday. I’m happy to confirm the news, that Dr. Ellen J. Mackenzie (PhD ’79, MSc ’75) will be our new Dean beginning October 1.  Dr. Mackenzie will be the first female dean in the school’s 100+ year history. Dean Klag, after taking a sabbatical for a long and well deserved vacation, will return to research and teaching.

Dr. MacKenzie came to the Bloomberg School of Public Health to pursue her Master of Science in biostatistics, stayed for her PhD (also in biostatistics) and then joined the faculty. She says, “My love for the field of public health and the school started as a graduate student in biostatistics and I have never looked back.” From 2005-2016 she served as the chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management and was recently appointed the 30th Bloomberg Distinguished Professor. She is an expert on trauma care systems and policy.

While we know becoming the 11th Dean won’t be a traumatic experience for her, I believe her experience of creating interconnected systems and sharing of policies to best serve patients will help lead the Bloomberg School towards its future.

You can read the full press release on our website.

Joshua SharfsteinAssociate Dean for Public Health Practice and Training, Joshua Sharfstein, published an article in yesterday’s Politico concerning regulations in the FDA that prevent over-the-counter medications from being updated based on new science and research. The article shares his long-held beliefs on FDA reforms as Congress considers legislation that could result in bi-partisan supported changes. As a former Principal Deputy Commissioner of the FDA, Sharfstein is very familiar with the regulations.

In terms of over-the-counter drugs, some of Sharfstein’s hopes for reform stem from learning that several Baltimore toddlers died from the toxic effects of over-the-counter cough and cold medications in 2006. Upon further research, Sharfstein learned that there is no scientific proof that these cold medicines are effective in young children and are more commonly associated with dozens of deaths and thousands of injuries across the country. 10 years ago Sharfstein organized a petition to the FDA for a change to children’s cold and cough medication, however, the FDA still has not acted because it lacks the tools to protect consumers from updates or new research with over-the-counter drugs as it does with prescription medications.

While explaining the weakness in the current FDA regulations, Sharfstein goes on to propose two reforms that would help protect consumers, as well as assist the FDA and manufacturers in developing new over-the-counter products and updating older products thanks to newer scientific developments.

The full article can be accessed online via Politico.

Fall Orientation is almost a month away and many incoming students have been asking when they will receive their JHED IDs and/or their JHSPH ID. All new students should have received an e-mail notification with their JHED ID (students who have not received their JHED ID should e-mail the Office of Records & Registration at JHSPH.Registra@jhu.edu). However, to receive your JHSPH ID, you must log into JHED, complete the account set-up process and accept the Terms of Service (TOS). Your JHSPH ID will be sent to your JHU e-mail before you arrive for orientation. Please not; the message will bounce if you have not accepted the Terms of Service. Additional information can be found here.

Students who recently accepted their offer of admission will receive their JHED ID soon. Remember, you will not receive any ID until you’ve accepted the offer of admission.

If you have any questions, please contact us at jhsph.admiss@jhu.edu or 410-955-3543.

As Fall Orientation quickly approaches, many of you are preparing to move to Baltimore and are currently trying to find a roommate and/or a place to live. While there have been many blogs in the past that discussed transportation, housing and the housing hunt, today I’d like to focus on a convenient service offered by the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Housing Office: a Roommate Finder.

Through this tool, members create a profile about themselves and list a few things about what they are looking for in a roommate. Once the profile is made, members can search other members or look at the entire database. All members are connected to Hopkins, whether faculty/staff, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or undergraduate students. The system also offers great leads on finding housing as well.

Incoming students who have received their JHED ID will use this to login, otherwise admitted students can find the guest login information on their personalized site on the Baltimore 101 tab or by e-mailing the Admissions Office at jhsph.admiss@jhu.edu.

Happy searching!