January 15, 1999
Brian Vastag, a science journalist who has written for the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and Nature Medicine, has joined the Office of Communications and Public Affairs at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions as a Senior Media Relations Representative. He will be responsible for news coverage of AIDS, infectious diseases, urology, pharmacology, allergy and asthma, as well as a variety of basic medical sciences.
Immediately prior to coming to Hopkins, Vastag finished a six-month fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, writing news stories as well as fielding and researching reporter inquiries. Vastag also has written for Discovery Channel Online and HMS Beagle.com, as well as for regional and local newspapers and magazines.
After receiving a B.S. from the University of Minnesota in 1996, Vastag moved to Texas A&M University to study science journalism in the school's new master's degree program. While at A&M, Vastag co-authored a study of alternative medicine reporting in the media, which he presented at a national conference and is slated for publication in an academic journal.
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