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This section contains regularly updated highlights of the news from around The Johns Hopkins University. Links to the complete news reports from the nine schools, the Applied Physics Laboratory and other centers and institutes are to the left, as are links to help news media contact the Johns Hopkins communications offices.

 

Big Black Holes Can Block New Stars

Massive black holes spewing out radio-frequency-emitting particles at near-light speed can block formation of new stars in aging galaxies, a study has found.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Gives $5M for Film Center

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has committed $5 million to Johns Hopkins, enabling the university, the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Maryland Film Festival to transform Baltimore’s historic Parkway Theater into a center for the study, production and exhibition of film.

Forum Highlights Recruitment Opportunities and Challenges for Attracting More Women in Technology

A panel that included women in leadership positions at a top technology company – Bloomberg LP – convened at Johns Hopkins University this week to address the ongoing need to support talented young women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins Ebola Experts Available

The following Johns Hopkins University faculty members are available for perspective on the Ebola crisis.

Johns Hopkins Astrophysicist Receives Prestigious Packard Fellowship

Johns Hopkins astrophysicist Brice Ménard has been awarded a 2014 David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering. Ménard plans to use this fellowship to work on a new technique to estimate the distance of galaxies and then explore new directions of research.

Charles Village Mixed-Use Project Could be Under Way by April

Market-rate student apartments combined with retail space, restaurants and parking could be under construction by spring on Johns Hopkins University property at St. Paul and 33rd streets in Baltimore’s Charles Village neighborhood.

Leaky, Star-Forming Galaxies Lead Johns Hopkins Researchers to Better Understand the Universe

By focusing on large, star-forming galaxies in the universe, researchers at Johns Hopkins University were able to measure its radiation leaks in an effort to better understand how the universe evolved as the first stars were formed.

Johns Hopkins Community Unites to Help Baltimore Organizations

Painting Baltimore’s animal shelter, weeding city flowerbeds, planting native grasses for the National Aquarium and removing trash from the Stoney Run Stream Valley. These are just a few tasks more than 1,000 Johns Hopkins University students, faculty and staff will pursue on Saturday, Oct. 11, to help dozens of Baltimore’s non-profit organizations.

Johns Hopkins Engineering Doctoral Students Named 2015 Siebel Scholars

Five Johns Hopkins graduate students, recently named to the 2015 class of Siebel Scholars, are each pursuing important research projects in varied bioengineering topics involving promising health-related applications.

Exhibit Explores Art and Artifice Behind History’s Greatest Fabrications

The 70 items on display at the George Peabody Library explore the phenomenon of forgery as a creative, as well as destructive literary form, and illustrate the tricks of the forger’s trade—and some of its most disastrous consequences—through materials that range from biblical and Greco-Roman antiquity up to the early decades of the 20th century.

Daniels Stresses JHU Commitment to Eliminate Sexual Violence, Announces New Measures

Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels today announced a series of initiatives in conjunction with the university’s release of campus crime statistics for 2013.

Johns Hopkins to Co-Host Cyber Security Conference for Top Business Executives

At a time when data theft at retailers and other businesses is occurring far too frequently, Johns Hopkins information security experts have helped organize an upcoming conference to inform top executives about the growing risks of digital break-ins, how to reduce these risks, and how to manage the aftermath of a data breach. The conference is scheduled for Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at the university’s Homewood campus in Baltimore. More than a dozen speakers, representing the business community, academia and government offices, are slated to participate.

Can Three-Year Degrees Solve College Cost Crisis?

College costs are soaring beyond the reach of average families. Student debt has skyrocketed. But a Johns Hopkins University analysis shows a solution to these mounting concerns could be as simple as making the typical degree a three-year pursuit.

JHU Researchers Make New Discovery About 3-D Shape Processing in the Brain

While previous studies of the brain suggest that processing of objects and places occur in very different locations, a Johns Hopkins University research team has found they are closely related.

When Rulers Can’t Understand the Ruled

Johns Hopkins University political scientists wanted to know if America’s unelected officials have enough in common with the people they govern to understand them. The answer: Not really.

JHU Researcher’s Use of Owls Provide Clues on How Humans Might Direct Attention

Imagine a quarterback on the gridiron getting ready to pass the ball to a receiver. Suddenly, in charges a growling linebacker aiming to take him down. At what point does the quarterback abandon the throw and trigger evasive maneuvers?

MEDIA ADVISORY: Robert Resnick Lecture

A physicist with path breaking research in materials science and in the development of quantitative models for biological systems will deliver the annual Robert Resnick Lecture at Johns Hopkins University.

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR SUNDAY, SEPT. 7: During ‘HopHacks’ at Johns Hopkins, College Students Must Program Under Pressure

About 250 university students from Johns Hopkins and other schools such as MIT, University of Maryland and Princeton are expected to participate. Roughly half will be Johns Hopkins students. The entrants will work individually or in teams of up to four people. Each single entrant or team must come up with a proposed computer application or tool. Working through the 36-hour time limit, often without a sleeping break, the students must write computer code to turn their idea into reality.

Johns Hopkins Announces 2014-15 President’s Reading Series Authors

A chronicler of the black experience, a winner of the Man Booker Prize and a novelist whose debut work was included in Time magazine’s list of 100 best novels, will visit Johns Hopkins University this year through the second annual President’s Reading Series.

Johns Hopkins Announces Fall Speaker Series

An adventurer, the on-screen son of a meth dealer and a former North Korean detainee are among the speakers who will visit Johns Hopkins University this fall as part of the annual MSE Symposium.

Johns Hopkins Mathematician Receives NSF Grant for Innovative Brain Research

Carey Priebe, a noted mathematician in Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation EAGER grant for his work exploring the complex behaviors of the brain’s circuitry.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Move-in Day for Class of 2018

A flying trapeze artist. The winner of Delaware’s Young Playwrights Festival three years running. A competitor on “The Biggest Loser” who’s now dedicated to fighting obesity. The creator of an app for cancer patients. A professional skateboarder who writes a food blog. The teacher of a free robotics course for special needs students.

These dynamic students are among Johns Hopkins University’s incoming freshman class who will be moving onto campus this week.

Message from President Daniels on Alcohol Issues

Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels today updated students, faculty, and staff on the recently released results of a survey about drinking on the campuses of nine Maryland colleges and universities and outlined the initial steps the university will take to address this “serious and urgent matter.”

New Milky Way Maps Help Solve Stubborn Interstellar Material Mystery

An international team of sky scholars, including a key researcher from Johns Hopkins, has produced new maps of the material located between the stars in the Milky Way. The results should move astronomers closer to cracking a stardust puzzle that has vexed them for nearly a century.

Johns Hopkins Museums Fall Highlights

Johns Hopkins University Museums September – November 2014 exhibition and programming highlights.

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