About Louis Biggie

Louis Biggie is the interim Director of Talent Management and Organization Development at The Johns Hopkins University. His first job at Hopkins was as a senior analyst at the university's Applied Physics Laboratory. From 1997 to 1998, he worked for Jhpiego, where he helped form a team that developed e-learning. He left the university in 1998 to co-found an e-learning development company called LearnWare. He spends his free time fiddling with electronics, drinking wine, wearing white trousers, and listening to opera. He has too many annoying habits to mention, but his favorite is developing new ways to pronounce the word "beer."

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Let’s Stop These Viruses Together!

Let’s Stop These Viruses Together!

Most people like to be helpful! We like to help make our friends healthier, wealthier, and wiser. This desire to be helpful can sometimes lead to painful consequences, though. For some bizarre reason that I can’t fathom, certain people invent stories about health and try to make them go viral on the Internet. Many of these(…)

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Writing: Putting Yourself in the Reader’s Seat

Writing: Putting Yourself in the Reader’s Seat

It’s often said that the first step to writing well is to imagine yourself as the reader. Whether you’re writing an article for a magazine, a memo for your colleagues, or a short advertisement on Craigslist, before you start, stop and think about your typical reader. Picture your reader actually reading the piece you are planning(…)

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Active or Passive

Active or Passive

Many people suggest all sorts of ways to sharpen your writing. A lot of the advice is about simplification. Replace long words with short ones. Keep your sentences short. Delete words whenever possible. Use white space. Use adjectives and adverbs sparingly. And, of course, use the active voice. All of this is good advice. If(…)

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Inspiration From the Only U.S. President With a PhD

Inspiration From the Only U.S. President With a PhD

Many people who work here at Johns Hopkins know the answer to the common trivia question, “Who was the only U.S. president with a doctorate?” The answer is, of course, Woodrow Wilson. Woodrow Wilson received his doctorate in 1886 from The Johns Hopkins University (where else?), and his dissertation was entitled Congressional Government: A Study in(…)

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