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Behind the Mirror – The Story of Autism Treatment Pioneer Jeanne Simons

by eea | Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 4:00 PM

I met Jeanne Simons, the founder of the Linwood Children's Center for Autistic Children in Ellicott City in 1983, when I was entrusted with the job to help tease out and describe the different elements of the methods she had developed to successfully educate children, who until she started working with them in 1955 had been deemed untreatable. Professionals from all over the world came to visit and train at Linwood, the first center of its kind.

After a serious illness, she had handed over the day-to-day running of Linwood to staff she had trained and now only acted as a consultant. But it was feared that without her here to train and supervise staff and introduce outside professionals to her methods, they would not survive her. The book that resulted from a year's collaboration is "The Hidden Child".

During that time, Jeanne and I discovered a lot of commonalities, from our European roots–she was raised in Holland, I in Switzerland–our early background as teachers to our child-centered approach as therapists. This helped me...Read More

The Benefits of “Searching for Health”

by eea | Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 4:00 PM

Over the span of just two weeks, there were three troubling health symptoms that caught people in my close circle completely off guard. The first friend started suffering from severe headaches every afternoon and evening, seemingly out of the blue. Another one noticed a sharp pain on the right side of her jaw which refused to go away. And a third woke up one day with pain shooting from her neck down one of her arms, which soon became near impossible to move. As each friend fell victim to a new symptom, the same question arose: What is wrong and how can I fix it?
We’ve all been there, scrolling through endless websites trying to make sense of some new symptom or illness that we know nothing about. I’ve been there myself, more than a few times. In some cases, it’s a small cough or inconvenient ache or pain. But there have been more serious situations as well. No matter the magnitude of the complaint, the feeling was invariable: confusion, fear, and frustration. When Kapil approached me about working...Read More

Writing “Inside the US Navy of 1812–1815”

by eea | Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 4:00 PM

The anticipation of anniversaries of significant events have often stimulated authors to focus attention on the event or personalities to be celebrated or commemorated. Usually the sequence of these anniversaries occurs every fifty years or so after the initial occurrence. To be a part of the event, the author needs to anticipate by several years the amount of research that will be required to contribute a timely piece of work that would make a difference. At the same time, one must ask “what could I contribute that has not already been written?” To answer that question, there are several possible answers: discovery of new evidence, development of a new interpretation, or simply, or the challenge of writing a better, more comprehensive account of the event than has been done in the past. In my case, it was the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Over time, this two and one-half year conflict between the United States and Great Britain was an almost forgotten, often derided historical event. But between 1960 and 2012, there has been a revival of War of 1812 scholarship that has grown until a new generation of American, Canadian,...Read More

Killing Season: A Paramedic's Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Opioid Epidemic

by eea | Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 4:00 PM

When I started as a 911 paramedic on the streets of Hartford, Connecticut over twenty-five years ago, I believed drug users were victims of their own character flaws. They lacked personal responsibility and their behavior was criminal. Keep using drugs, I’d tell them, and you will end up dead or in jail, which many of them did.

Today, my views on drug users are different. As the overdoses escalated, I began asking my patients how they got started on their perilous journeys. While no two tales were the same, they shared unremitting similarities.  I heard the phrase over and over “I used to be a normal person once.”

Emily was a cheerleader who broke her back when her teammates dropped her.  Chloe, abandoned by her heroin user mother as a child, tried heroin herself to find out what made her mother love heroin more than her.  Tom volunteered for the armed forces the day after 9-11 and returned from Iraq with a purple heart and a terrible addiction to pain pills.

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Unlocking the Potential of Post-Industrial Cities

by eea | Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 4:00 PM

As urban economists, we are interested in everything that affects the economic well-being of people, businesses, and neighborhoods in cities. Cities are exciting and dynamic places where diverse groups of people benefit from close interaction. However, cities can simultaneously have negative side effects for residents and businesses. Children can be exposed to lead paint in old houses, which affects their cognitive reasoning and contributes to worse performance in school, and increases the chance of being involved in violent crime. Traffic congestion and the separation of places of residence from places with good jobs can make finding gainful employment a challenge. Old, post-industrial cities such as Baltimore, Detroit, and St. Louis have additional challenges with decades of population and job loss combined with the environmental legacy of former industrial sites. In all of these contexts, there is a pressing need to identify the right investment that can attenuate these ill effects and is feasible to implement. In our new book, Unlocking the Potential of Post-Industrial Cities, we explore the challenges faced by the six post-industrial cities of Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit,...Read More

Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, The Yale Review join JHU Press Journals

by may | Friday, April 2, 2021 - 8:53 AM

Two distinguished journals have joined the Johns Hopkins University Press scholarly publishing roster. The addition of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs (GJIA) and The Yale Review brings the total collection of journals published by JHU Press to 101.  

The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs is the official publication of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. The GJIA is committed to cultivating a dialogue accessible to readers with all levels of knowledge about foreign affairs and international politics by providing a diverse array of timely, peer-reviewed content penned by top policymakers, business leaders, and academic luminaries. 

The Yale Review, founded in 1819, is the oldest literary quarterly in the United States. It publishes new works by the most distinguished contemporary writers, explores the broader movements in American thought, science, and culture, and...Read More

Cold War Correspondents: Soviet and American Reporters on the Ideological Frontlines

by eea | Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 3:00 PM

Between 1945 and 1991, dozens of American and Soviet journalists moved to the capital cities of Communism and Capitalism to report on the rival superpower. They wanted to understand a country that appeared to stand against everything that they held dear and explain that country to their readers. They spent years living abroad, travelled around, made friends, read the local newspapers, went to the movies, shopped, took their kids to the playground, and wrote about these experiences for audiences back home. In an era of closed borders, the reports of foreign correspondents were the nearest readers could come to actual visits to Moscow or New York City. Ordinary people, pundits, and policymakers on both sides came to see the Soviet Union or the United States through the eyes of these journalists.

My first encounter with these protagonists was through the books that American and Soviet journalists wrote at the end of their assignments. These were detailed accounts, where journalists provided rich descriptions of the Soviet Union or the United States and talked about their personal and professional experiences. The books were peppered...Read More

Sovereign Skies: The Origins of American Civil Aviation Policy – Q&A with author Sean Seyer

by eea | Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 3:00 PM

What is new about Sovereign Skies that sets it apart from other books in the field?
While this is not the first book to address the early development of civil aviation policy in the United States, it is the first to demonstrate the central role that international influences played in that process. The underlying question of government’s relationship to the airplane revolved around its relationship to sovereignty—for the United States this meant determining the division of regulatory authority between individual states and the federal government as well as how American aircraft could safely and effectively operate internationally. By giving both the domestic and the international aspects of the issue equal weight, this book emphasizes the ways in which certain “borderless” technologies can prompt a blending of these two policy spheres. In doing so, it transforms the initial extension of federal control over the atmosphere from a purely domestic tale into a “U.S. in the world” story.

What was the most surprising thing...Read More

The Glorious, Colorful World of Fossils

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

Although most people think of the fossil world in shades of drab duns, browns, and blacks, it is actually sometimes very excitingly colorful. Dinosaur eggs, for example, can shimmer blue-green, while fossil leaves can sport vivid verdant hues. In these two cases, the colors of the fossils are not a result of degradation or mineralization, but come from the preservation of biological pigments originating from once-living, now-extinct organisms. In fact, the pigments responsible for blue-green eggs and green fossil leaves derive from the same group of compounds, the porphyrins. The color of blue-green eggshells arises from the heme biosynthesis pathway, the best-known molecule of which is hemoglobin, the oxygen transporter in blood. The green color still present in some fossil leaves results from the breakdown of ancient chlorophyll, the light-absorbing pigment responsible for photosynthesis. The major difference is that the heme molecule centers around an iron atom, while the chlorophyll molecule surrounds a magnesium atom.

To me, not only is it amazing that such similar molecules that are so essential for life evolved in the wildly divergent plant and animal kingdoms, it is...Read More

Ending Sexual Violence in College

by eea | Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 4:00 PM

Covid-19 is having a devastating effect on the US population. It has been estimated that the virus has affected 8.7% of the population. It is headline news on every media outlet. Sexual assaults affect an estimated 20% of the female population on college campuses yet the amount of media attention is limited except when there is a major occurrence such as in the Duke Lacrosse or Baylor football scandals.   The effects of these assaults are devastating for the victims, accused perpetrators, and institutions. Ending Sexual Violence in College was written to address this problem.

In 2015 in the United States, 321,500 people 12 or older were sexually assaulted or raped in the United States (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2014). That’s one every 98 seconds. Approximately 91% of these sexual assaults were committed against women (Rennison, 2002), and 54 % were perpetrated against women between the age of 18 and 34. One in every five women will be the victim of an attempted or completed rape; that number for men is one in seventy-one (Black, Basile, Breiding, Smith, Walters, Merrick, Chen...Read More