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Opossums: An Adaptive Radiation of New World Marsupials

by eea | Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 4:00 PM

Many people think of marsupials as Australian mammals, which get almost all the press attention. Most of the marsupials in nature documentaries are from Down Under: kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, koalas, bandicoots, sugar gliders, and so forth. But, despite Australia’s reputation as the marsupial homeland, marsupials first evolved in South America, where they’re still alive and well. Today, over 100 species of marsupials are found in the Americas, and most of them are opossums: members of the order Didelphimorphia. In fact, opossums inhabit almost every terrestrial biome from Patagonia to Canada. If you live in the eastern United States, the chances are good that there’s an opossum in your backyard right now.

Photo by Antoine Baglan

Opossums: An Adaptive Radiation of New World Marsupials is the first book ever written about opossums, which include some remarkable species. The water opossum, the world’s...Read More

Corporatizing American Healthcare: How We Lost Our Health Care System

by eea | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 4:00 PM

A number of career pathways appeared before me after I finished medical school and advanced specialty training. I chose Academic Emergency Medicine at a University Medical Center, which provided time for research, teaching, and direct patient care. Over the years, and through the frontline care of tens of thousands of patients, I witnessed the progression of medical care from a personalized user-friendly cottage industry to an impersonal, complex, and outrageously expensive corporate-based industry.

But the motivation to write Corporatizing American Healthcare: How We Lost Our Health Care System, only came after I transitioned to "Professor Emeritus" status. I then had the opportunity to work for several years as a primary care physician at a small-town rural clinic.  It was there that I learned I needed to fight corporations daily to ensure good patient care. These were fights with Healthplans to get needed drugs, specialist care, urgent surgery, and imaging (e.g. MRIs); fights with hospital systems to get care for sick patients; and fights with for-profit laboratories to get appropriate and timely testing.  Knowing that I had helped my patients provided great...Read More

Race, Indigeneity, and Relationship in Student Affairs and Higher Education

by may | Monday, March 1, 2021 - 3:46 PM

This past fall, the American College Personnel Association (ACPA)’s Journal of College Student Development published a special issue, answering a call to promote scholarship that engages both racial justice as well as decolonization. We asked Guest Editors Stephanie Waterman and D-L Stewart to discuss Race, Indigeneity, and Relationship in Student Affairs and Higher Education and the work behind it.

How did you decide to work together as Guest Editors on this issue? Had you worked together before?

DLS: I had been approached to consider submitting a proposal to the Journal of College Student Development editorial boards call and immediately went to Stephanie as an ideal partner due to her scholarship and relationship we had built through our participation in the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). We had not previously collaborated on a scholarly endeavor. 

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Building Gender Equity in the Academy: Institutional Strategies for Change

by eea | Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 4:00 PM

Addressing the complex challenges facing the world requires the scientific and technical expertise of many people whose diverse talents can make a difference.  Universities and colleges contribute to that work through research, teaching, and public engagement, yet these institutions have not tapped into the full array of talent that is available to accomplish such goals. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, trans and genderqueer, and Indigenous people are among those who have been marginalized simply because of their identities. Not only do they face extra challenges in their individual careers, but society does not benefit when their diverse talents and perspectives are excluded from the scientific enterprise.

We became interested in the approaches and strategies used by universities and colleges that have been engaged in institutional transformation, funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) ADVANCE Program, to heighten gender equity and create more diverse, inclusive, equitable academic environments, especially for women faculty in STEM fields. Funded by the NSF, we conducted interviews, focus groups, and institutional case studies, and share findings in our book, ...Read More

Revisions of an Ardent Historian

by eea | Monday, February 22, 2021 - 3:30 PM

I learned of the recent revelation that Mr. Johns Hopkins (1795-1873), long reputed to have been a staunch abolitionist, was in fact a slaveholder, along with the rest of the world. News of this nature has surfaced before at other premier institutions, but as a Hopkins alumnus (Ph.D. 1998) and Hopkins Press author, this news was particularly personal. In my professional capacity as a historian, my own work is implicated and thus needs amending.

In October 2019 the Johns Hopkins University Press published my book, Republic of Numbers: Unexpected Stories of Mathematical Americans through History. This book consists of twenty biographical vignettes of Americans whose lives have involved mathematics. On page 89 of this book will be found the following passage, concerning the admission of Kelly Miller (1863-1939) as a graduate student at Hopkins in 1887:

"Ultimately the decision turned on an appeal to the personal beliefs...Read More

Neighborhood of Fear: The Suburban Crisis in American Culture

by eea | Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 4:00 PM

One essential thing I learned while writing Neighborhood of Fear was so much of what I studied related directly to contemporary American culture including the roots of so many practices and beliefs prevalent today – from consumer-centered environmentalism and medicine to the continued focus on cultural products as the cause of social ills. Perhaps the most visible has been how suburban crime culture of the late twentieth century shaped perceptions of suburban streets and homes as criminally hazardous and homeowner rights to defend them as expansive. The continued expansion of private home security strategies and apparatuses are a logical outgrowth of suburban security culture that operates under the notion of constant threat.

Products like the Amazon-owned Ring smart doorbell continue to produce this suburban sensibility where homeowners feel both reassured and endangered by using new security technologies. It allows a homeowner to surveil their front door, speak to visitors, and generally mind their home even when not there all under the supposition that something could (or likely will) go wrong.

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A conversation with Rob Shumaker and Carl Jones

by may | Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 3:29 PM

Joining the JHU Press Podcast today are Dr. Rob Shumaker and Professor Carl Jones.

Dr. Rob Shumaker is an evolutionary biologist who currently serves at the President and CEO of the Indianapolis Zoo. Professor Carl Jones is a global hero whose innovative techniques have saved numerous species from extinction and shaped the future of the conservation world. Having spent the majority of his career on Mauritius — an island nation in the Indian Ocean — he has pioneered ways to conserve the island’s wildlife and ecosystems.
When Carl landed in Mauritius more than 40 years ago, there were only four Mauritius kestrels left — they were the world’s rarest bird at the time. He spent the next decade restoring the kestrel population, and now there are more...Read More

For the Caregivers of Someone with Depression

by eea | Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 4:00 PM

Mood disorders are considered a family illness for many reasons. Dealing with depression or bipolar disorder in a family – which is the focus of my new book, Helping Others with Depression – can be difficult and taxing to all members, often causing both physical and mental exhaustion. There is constant worry and concern for the wellbeing of your loved one, and a sense of feeling powerless to make things better. The impact extends to the entire family: a spouse or significant other, children, parents, and siblings may experience changes in family life and routine, personal time and space, finances, level of stress, relationships, and other things.

Supporting someone who has a mental illness requires extra patience, persistence, and courage on your part. You may find it challenging to keep giving of yourself, offering love, compassion, and support when it feels that you are receiving little in return. Perhaps you fear that you may have said or done something to cause your family member’s distress. Probably not. Try to avoid getting...Read More

The Stories We Tell

by eea | Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 3:00 PM

We are all story tellers.  Yes, even you. You are a storyteller whether you know it or not, whether you admit it or not.  Answer this:  when was the last time you told someone about an event that happened to you?  You had a terrible day because _____ (fill in the blank.) Your neighbor’s house burned down, was painted aqua, or _____.  Your attempt at making bagels failed miserably.  Your mother, father, child admitted that _____. Your cat/dog was lost, then found (or not).  Your wife/husband /partner decided to call it quits and moved out, taking _____. Perhaps you described a situation that is still in progress. You can’t forget that tragic or hilarious story in the newspaper about _____, still unsolved.  Or you wonder what it would be like to be that other person who ____.   You have dreams or nightmares about _____.  Who do you tell?  Perhaps you turn to someone in the dark, give someone a call, write them a text or a handwritten letter, meet someone for lunch or drinks to “catch up.”  Catch up on what?  On the story of your life.  ...Read More

Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education: Making It Work, Third Edition

by eea | Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 3:00 PM

The third edition of Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education: Making It Work was already in press prior to the pandemic and, subsequently, the assault on the Capitol. While the book presaged these events, its core message remains relevant. The pandemic has exposed and laid bare inequities across health care and education. The white supremacist assault on the Capitol highlighted, once again, the critical need for justice and racial reckoning. This book makes clear that every institution in the country must come to terms with the fragility of democracy, the imperative of diversity, and the urgency of change.  Reframing our ways of thinking about diversity from an institutional perspective provides opportunities to confront the unfinished business of the past even as we address the issues of today.

Decades ago, our institutions intentionally developed capacity for technology. Technology was understood to be an imperative because of societal changes. Given that the role of American Higher Education is central to preparing leaders for a pluralistic society, academic excellence requires that our colleges and...Read More