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Marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads

by cmt | Friday, March 9, 2012 - 9:05 AM

Guest post by David A. Mindell This weekend I head down to the USS Monitor Center, at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia, for “ Hampton Roads Weekend .” Scholars, archaeologists, Civil War buffs, and the interested public will gather to commemorate the events of March 9, 1862. One hundred and fifty years ago this Friday, the Monitor and the Virginia (nee Merrimack ), squared off at Hampton Roads in what is known as “the first fight between ironclad warships.” The battle took place on a clear Sunday morning, in full view of thousands of spectators, and ended in a draw—all of which contributed to the mythology of the encounter as marking the end of wooden navies and the rise of modern military techology. More than ten years ago, my JHU Press book, War, Technology and Experience Aboard the USS Monitor, revisited the Monitor of this legend, and told anew the circumstances of its construction; the experiences of the crew living within its cramped, dangerous armored shell; the controversies over the ships’ effectiveness; and the literary and historical reactions to the ship. Now...Read More

The Doctor Is In: Spring break—the best of times?

by cmt | Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 8:00 AM

The Doctor Is In is an occasional series where JHU Press authors discuss the latest developments and news in health and medicine. Guest post by Charles E. Davis, M.D. With a nod (and an apology) to our old friend, Charles Dickens, I’m going to ask you a question: When you look back on your spring break, are you going to say that it was the "best of times," or the "worst of times?" Incidentally, if you don’t know the source of those quotes, perhaps you should stay home and read A Tale of Two Cities . Well, at least take it along with you.

photo by Paul Kowalow

Travelers’ infections are among the most common causes of ruined vacations, so I’m going to give you some tips to help you avoid illnesses that could turn this potentially wonderful spring break into the worst of times. There are far more travelers’ infections than I can discuss in this post, but here are some general guidelines—a sort of CliffsNotes approach—that will help you avoid illness, interruptions to your trip, and even evacuation back home. Be sure your routine immunizations are up...Read More

Recent titles, rave reviews, and other news

by cmt | Friday, March 2, 2012 - 2:06 PM

February was a banner month for the JHU Press. We were invited into Amish homes , celebrated International Polar Bears Day , and launched a video series that stars the “academic verve” of our journal editors (more on that below). Here’s some more of what we’ve been up to in Charm City lately. Let’s hope March is just as exciting!

Journals news We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our new program " In Other Words ," a video series which aims to translate our community's “academic verve” (there’s that term again!) into dynamic video. Why video? Because this format can showcase a journal’s inherent product personality and represents one of the key ways intelligent people seek, experience, and share knowledge today. The first edition focuses on American Quarterly , but look for upcoming videos on content from The Hopkins Review and Progress in Community Health Partnerships . The Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved released its annual Black History Month issue in February by bringing together a...Read More

In Other Words: Photographer Phyllis A. Berger

by bjs | Friday, March 2, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Photographer and Johns Hopkins University faculty member Phyllis A. Berger discusses her photos from Ireland and Brittany which appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of The Hopkins Review , published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

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Introducing 'In Other Words'

by bjs | Friday, February 24, 2012 - 10:00 AM

By Janet Gilbert, Journals Direct Response and Renewals Senior Coordinator It’s the best part of my week—every week—when I get to talk with journal editors or association administrators and hear the passion in their voices as they speak about their publications or societies and the global effects their scholarship is having across a particular discipline. Shortly after I joined the journals marketing department here at the JHU Press in 2010, I started thinking about translating that academic verve into video—not simply because this format can showcase a journal’s inherent product personality, but because this is one of the key ways intelligent people seek, experience, and share knowledge today. (I suppose I also paid attention during my Hopkins orientation, and totally bought into President Gilman’s “disseminating-knowledge-beyond-the-walls-of-academia” thinking that is at the core of our mission here. Yes, this is the level of nerd I am—I took notes during orientation.) On some level, my desire to bring video interviews onto the Press website was largely based on my family room research. Anytime my three children are at home together, they invariably end up around the computer, swapping videos. They are not all comedic clips—not that there’s anything wrong with that! They...Read More

Wild Thing: Deer antlers, bones of contention

by cmt | Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 8:00 AM

Wild Thing is an occasional series where JHU Press authors write about the flora and fauna of the natural world—from the rarest flower to the most magnificent beast.

Guest post by George A. Feldhamer

Most of us here in North America know a white-tailed deer when we see one. And we know that deer have antlers. But how much do we really know about antlers? They are made of bone, and vary considerably in size and shape among the 50 different deer species in the world. Small deer such as the southern pudu have small, short, simple antlers that form a single spike on each side of the head. Large species like elk and caribou have large, heavy antlers with numerous projecting spikes called points or tines.

Almost all species of deer have antlers—the only one that doesn’t is the Chinese water deer. As most people are aware, only male deer have them—again with one exception: female caribou also are adorned. The size of an individual’s antlers depends on its overall body condition (which depends on availability of good habitat), genetics, and age. Peak...Read More

The Doctor Is In: Why doctors need better guidelines for breast cancer surgery

by cmt | Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 8:00 AM

The Doctor Is In is an occasional series where JHU Press authors discuss the latest developments and news in health and medicine. Guest post by Kathy Steligo As a woman who has had lumpectomy on both breasts, I thank my lucky stars for that simple yet effective operation. But a new study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association brings up a worrisome issue: medical guidelines dictate when lumpectomy should be an option, but don’t describe how much tissue beyond the tumor should be removed. Surgeons remove a segment of tissue around the tumor in an effort to get “clear margins,” without any cancer cells. Without medical guidelines dictating how much is too little and how much is too much, surgeons decide on the amount of tissue to be removed based on their own insight and intuition. This study showed, however, that in some cases, those qualities fall short and the patient pays the price. This research shows that some women who need more surgery aren’t getting it, while others are having unneeded surgeries. . . . It is an indication of the need for some level of surgical guidelines regarding lumpectomy...Read More

Writing about race, leadership, and African American history

by cmt | Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 8:00 AM

Guest post by Marybeth Gasman

I grew up in a large Michigan farm family with a racist father. He used the “N-word” daily, often calling all of the children the word when he chastised us. I didn’t know what the word meant but I knew it was bad. My father constantly told us that Blacks were lazy and ignorant people who were not as good as us. I remember him telling me that Martin Luther King Jr. was a terrorist. The irony of my father’s hatred of Blacks and his racist attitudes is that he never met an African American in his entire life.

In my hometown, the schoolteachers weren’t much better. At my grade school, the teachers sponsored a slave auction. They encouraged us to buy and sell other children. In my high school, the social studies teacher told us about slavery, using pictures of happy slaves. He never once mentioned the horrors of slavery.

Telling complex stories of Black achievements is essential to moving the country forward in its understanding of African American history.

My experiences of racism at home and in school directly conflicted with my sense of right and wrong. When...Read More

Happy birthday, Edison, Lincoln, and Darwin!

by Anonymous (not verified) | Friday, February 10, 2012 - 1:22 PM

This weekend, we’re celebrating the birthdays of three great figures in history: Thomas Edison, Charles Darwin, and Abraham Lincoln. Edison was born 165 years ago this Saturday, and Sunday marks the 203rd anniversary of the births of both Lincoln and Darwin. Did you know that Edison wasn’t the first to develop an incandescent light bulb? His invention, though, was the most successful of all the competing inventions. Drawing from the documents in the Edison archives, Robert Friedel and Paul Israel explain how this came to be in Edison’s Electric Light: The Art of Invention . (Nearly a hundred years ago, Edison predicted that another of his inventions, the motion picture camera, would render books in schools obsolete within 10 years; while that hasn’t happened yet, you can read Edison’s Electric Light via Project MUSE .) And for more on the Wizard of Menlo Park that might spark some of that 1 percent of your own genius that's inspiration, check out The Papers of Thomas A. Edison, Vol. 5 , Vol. 6 , and Vol. 7 . For an ambitious way to...Read More

In Other Words: American Quarterly Sound Clash

by bjs | Friday, February 10, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Editor Sarah Banet-Weiser discusses the newest special issue from American Quarterly. " Sound Clash: Listening to American Studies " was released in September 2011. Kara Keeling and Josh Kun served as guest editors for the issue, which examined the impact various types of sound have on American culture.

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