This Old Lockhouse

September 3, 2010  |  by Cassandra Willyard  |  Add a comment

Robert Mertz was part of a team that has renovated and refurbished Lockhouse 22 near Potomac, Maryland to represent a locktender’s life in the 1830s and is the most basic—no heat, no running water, no electricity.

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How Green Is Your Salad?

September 3, 2010  |  by Virginia Hughes  |  1 Comment

Husband and wife team use local, organic ingredients to construct Mixt Greens design-your-own salad menu. David and Leslie Silverglide, now have seven locations including San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

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The Power of Percussion

September 3, 2010  |  by Cassandra Willyard  |  1 Comment

Svetoslav R. Stoyanov, Peab ’03, ’05 (GPD)

Svet Stoyanov, behind the beat.

Svet Stoyanov, behind the beat.

When Svet Stoyanov finished high school in Bulgaria, he resolved to study percussion in the United States. It was a risky idea because if he couldn’t find a conservatory willing to take him, he would be required to serve in the Bulgarian military. Still, he only applied to one school: the Peabody Institute. “I really wanted to study with an amazing teacher in an amazing place,” Stoyanov says.

Stoyanov was not only accepted into the Peabody Conservatory, he studied with top percussionist and marimba virtuoso Robert van Sice and earned a bachelor’s degree and a performance diploma. He won the 2003 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, which landed him a solo debut at Carnegie Hall. And last year, he released his first solo album, Percussive Counterpoint, and accepted a teaching position at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. This year, he will have one more accolade to add to his CV: the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association’s Outstanding Recent Graduate Award. “I feel that I should be giving an award to Johns Hopkins for what they have done for me,” he says humbly.

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Fighting Malaria on the Frontline

September 3, 2010  |  by Nora Koch  |  1 Comment

Phil Thuma, HS ’83, a second-generation physician missionary, partnered with the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, headquartered within the Bloomberg School of Public Health, to establish the Malaria Institute at Macha.

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Math Wiz

September 3, 2010  |  by Virginia Hughes  |  2 comments

Arthur T. Benjamin, Engr ’85 (MSE), ’89 (PhD)

Arthur Benjamin works his mathemagic. Photo Courtesy of Harvey Mudd College

Arthur Benjamin works his mathemagic. Photo Courtesy of Harvey Mudd College

At a sold-out show one Saturday morning in June, Arthur Benjamin—aka the Mathemagician—added a surprise guest to the end of his act. Ten-year-old Ethan Brown, wearing a tie for the occasion, timidly took the stage from his seat in the front row.

Three months earlier, Ethan had picked up Benjamin’s book, Secrets of Mental Math, and every day after practiced progressively more difficult number tricks. Now, in front of a packed auditorium at a New York City science festival, he was ready to show off his skills.

Standing stage left next to an easel, Benjamin asked Ethan to calculate the square of 987. The young protégé rattled off the answer—974,169—even before Benjamin could scribble it down. “I see this, and I just get all choked up,” Benjamin said to the crowd.

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September 3, 2010  |  by Johns Hopkins Staff  |  Add a comment

Shlomo Zvi Sternberg, A&S ’53, ’55 (MA), ’56 (PhD), the George Putnam Professor of Pure and Applied Mathematics at Harvard University, was elected to the American Philosophical Society on April 24. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Leroy E. Hood, Med ’64, a leading scientist in systems biology, biotechnology, im­­mun­ology, and genomics, was selected by the Foundation...

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Alumni Notes

September 3, 2010  |  by Johns Hopkins Staff  |  6 comments


Doris K. Avery, Nurs ’42, received the Non-Commissioned Officers Association World War II Veterans Medallion at a ceremony held at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii on February 5. The medal recognized Avery for service as a lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps.


Walton E. Stevens, A&S ’43, is the senior member of three generations of Johns Hopkins men, including his son, W. Craig Stevens, A&S ’74, SPH ’77, and grandson, Brendan Grady Stevens, A&S ’13, a member of the Blue Jay men’s lacrosse team.


Laura “Lolly” Brautigam June, Nurs ’47, and her husband, Roy, received the President’s Volunteer Lifetime Service Award for their work at the Palm Springs Air Museum on April 21. They have volunteered at the museum once a week, and each has accrued more than 5,000 volunteer hours.

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Shelf Life

September 3, 2010  |  by Lew Diuguid  |  Add a comment

Stay Healthy at Every Age: What Your Doctor Wants You to Know, by Shantanu Nundy, Med ’08 (Johns Hopkins University Press) Using the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force as his major source of recommendations, Nundy prescribes healthy practices attuned to one’s years, flags symptoms, and recommends timely screenings and/or counseling...

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