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Polar Bear Plunge

The 10th annual Polar Bear Plunge, the fund-raiser benefiting Special Olympics Maryland, was held at Sandy Point State Park on an exceptionally mild Saturday in January. Some 8,000 spectators and 4,000 plungers participated—a record turnout. And for the first time, a medical team exclusively from Emergency Medicine’s division of special operations was on the scene. In a large hearted tent, the 12-member team awaited injuries. No one had a heart attack; no one suffered hypothermia, reports HAL transport coordinator Clark Hartley. “Mostly we treated people for headaches and dehydration.”

Coming Soon!

In response to recent employee satisfaction surveys indicating a strong demand for 24/7 food service, particularly among those who work night shifts, the Main Cafeteria on first floor of Hopkins Hospital soon will be open 24 hours a day. According to Darlene Miller, administrator in Nutrition, the new round-the-clock hours are set to begin sometime this spring.

Kosher Eatery

A new kosher coffee bar, “me latte,” now is open on the second level of the Cancer Research Building II. On the menu: a full complement of breakfast and lunch items. Catering service is available for breakfast and lunch meetings. Info: 410-502-2936.


The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International makes its triennial visit to JHU’s animal research laboratories and housing facilities March 20-24. Investigators and laboratory personnel should be familiar with their approved animal use protocols, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and Use of Experimental Animals at Johns Hopkins (The Blue Book). Info: ACUC office, 443-287-3738 or

A New Name

It’s official: The Department of Comparative Medicine has officially changed its name. It is now known as the Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology.

Student Volunteers

It’s not even spring, but Johns Hopkins’ three hospitals are already in search of summer volunteers. Students come from public and private schools throughout central Maryland to perform a variety of tasks.

JHH: The Summer Junior Volunteer Program accepts 30 students, age 15 and older. Application deadline: April 13. Info: Volunteer Services, 410-955-5924.
JHBMC: Students must be at least 14. Applications available in Patient Relations. Deadline: May 31. Info: Marge Jeffries, 410-550-0626.
HCGH: Deadline for applications: Feb. 28. Info: Barbra Swann, 410-740-7981.

ISO Mentors

JHHS Community Services is teaming with Collington Square Elementary School in East Baltimore to recruit 40 Hopkins faculty, employees and students to join an after-school program for children in grades 2 to 7 who have received failing grades or have a parent who is incarcerated. Info: Carolyn Chance, 410-614-2430, or



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