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Best Hospital?

U.S. News & World Report will release its annual rankings of the nation’s best hospitals on Friday, July 8. Excitement always mounts during the days preceding the announcement—and not just in anticipation of the rankings. Employees traditionally receive a thank-you gift for helping to put Hopkins on the weekly magazine’s “Honor Roll.” What will it be? The list of past giveaways—beginning in ’96 with a coffee mug, then a poster, mug (again), plastic sports bottle, license plate frame, key chain, notepad, calculator, and last year’s lunch cooler—holds a clue. Gifts will be distributed throughout JHM on July 8, not at hospital entrances, but this year for the first time in the workplace by managers and supervisors.

When the Speaker Sings

Photo credit: Zuhair Kareem
Convocation speaker Francis Collins astonished his audience when, on the stage of the Meyerhoff, he got down on his hands and knees, pulled a guitar out from under a table and broke into a rendition of “My Way.” In his send-up of Sinatra’s signature song, the Class of ’05 would have things “their way” when they became professors: “And now, my fine young friends, now that I am a full professor/ Where once I was oppressed, I have now become the cruel oppressor/ With me, I hope you’ll see, the double helix is a highway/ And yes, you’ll learn it’s best, to do it My Way.”

If the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute seemed at home on stage, it’s because he grew up in the company of actors and musicians. He’s often performed Smokey Robinson’s “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” his way: “You’ve Really Got a Code on Me.”



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