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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.


MEDIA ADVISORY: State Finals for Maryland Science Olympiad to Be Held Saturday, March 29, at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Campus

More than 750 Maryland middle and high school students are expected to participate in the Maryland Science Olympiad state finals. The event is being hosted by the Center for Educational Outreach at Johns Hopkins’ Whiting School of Engineering, in partnership with Maryland Science Olympiad. The Center’s mission is to increase the number of youth who pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and careers, particularly women and underrepresented minorities.

Johns Hopkins Material Scientist Tim Mueller Receives NSF CAREER Award

Tim Mueller, a Johns Hopkins University assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has been selected by the National Science Foundation to receive its prestigious CAREER Award, which recognizes the highest level of excellence and promise in early-stage scholars. His faculty appointment is within the university’s Whiting School of Engineering.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Henderson-Hopkins School Ribbon Cutting

An opportunity for media to visit and tour Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School, the first new public school building in East Baltimore in more than 20 years.

New York City Finds Success in Cutting Chronic Absenteeism in School

Mentors, wake-up calls to students, incentives and weekly “student success” meetings led by principals, helped New York City significantly cut chronic absenteeism in schools, according to a new report by the Everyone Graduates Center at The Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

$1.6 Million in Rapid Renovations for Two City Schools

More than 750 public school students in Baltimore’s Charles Village return to classes this year in buildings that are safer, more functional, more attractive and better suited for learning, thanks to $1.6 million in summer upgrades, half paid for by Johns Hopkins.

Success for All Foundation Announces Partnership with Sesame Workshop to Pilot Sesame Street Content In Homes and Preschool Classrooms

The Home Links and preschool elements of the formative research and content testing effort will be piloted in schools and homes across the U.S. during the 2013-14 school year. The pilots will take place in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County, MD; New Orleans; Steubenville, OH; Bessemer, AL; and Corbin and Barbourville, KY.

Johns Hopkins Summer Program Hooks Baltimore City Teens on Science

Biophysics Research for Baltimore Teens, a paid summer internship program, aims to give city high school students from low-income communities a head start in science careers by exposing them to the thrills of university-level bio-medical lab work.

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Establishes Program in Greece

A grant to CTY from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation will allow the Center for Talented Youth in collaboration with Anatolia American College to start the CTY in Thessaloniki. The center, which will offer programs for bright students throughout Greece and Southeastern Europe, will welcome its first students in the summer of 2014.

Media Advisory: 36 Baltimore City School Teams to Compete in Robotics Contest at Johns Hopkins

More than 100 Baltimore City Public middle and high school students will compete in the Hopkins Robotics Cup, the first Baltimore City VEX Robotics Championship, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, in the Newton White Athletic Center on The Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus.

WEEKEND MEDIA ADVISORY: Robots That Dance—and Find ‘Tumors’

More than a dozen student teams from the Baltimore area will bring small autonomous robots to compete in various events during the competition, organized by Johns Hopkins graduate students from the university’s Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics. Contest events include slalom racing, mystery maze navigation, “tumor” detection, robot dancing and innovative use.

Johns Hopkins University and Waverly Elementary/Middle School to Host Health Fair

The Johns Hopkins University and Waverly Elementary/Middle School have partnered to teach young students about the benefits of healthy eating and regular exercise through a program called Food as Medicine. A special program event, the Safari of Health Fair, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 26 at the school on 701 E. 34th St. Baltimore, MD 21218.

Hands-on lab research in high school influences career plans for gifted minority students

Waiting until college to attract minority students to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields may be too late. But mentoring in the sciences at the high school level can help influence gifted minority students to pursue scientific careers, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins education researcher Robert Balfanz receives White House honor

Robert Balfanz, a senior research scientist at The Johns Hopkins University, is among 10 education leaders named White House “Champions of Change” for their commitment to furthering education among African Americans.

Johns Hopkins University School of Education launches interdisciplinary PhD program

The Johns Hopkins University School of Education will launch a new full-time doctor of philosophy in education program in fall 2013, offering full tuition and a $25,000 annual stipend to eight PhD candidates in the inaugural class.

Benjamin Carson appointed board president of the East Baltimore Community School

Benjamin Carson, an internationally renowned physician and director of pediatric neurosurgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, has been appointed president of the board of the East Baltimore Community School Inc., effective Dec. 1. The board manages the operation of the Elmer A. Henderson School: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School – formerly known as the East Baltimore Community School (EBCS).

Forum: Ready or Not: Here Comes Common Core

The Johns Hopkins School of Education will host a panel discussion about Maryland’s new statewide curriculum. The forum, “Ready or Not: Here Comes Common Core,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3 in Mason Hall Auditorium on the university’s Homewood campus.

Your child shows up for middle school, but what about his classmates?

How often do your child’s classmates go to school? Whether fellow students show up for class matters more than you think, especially if your son or daughter is in middle school, according to Robert Balfanz, a research professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

Johns Hopkins Receives $7.4 Million Grant to Boost STEM Education in Baltimore City

Supported by a five-year $7.4 million National Science Foundation grant, experts at The Johns Hopkins University are partnering with teachers and administrators in Baltimore City Public Schools on a program to enhance teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and math in city elementary schools by making STEM a community affair. The program, called STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools – SABES for short — not only will benefit more than 1,600 students in grades three through five in nine city elementary schools, but could also become a national model for science, technology, engineering and math education.

Baltimore Native Named Principal at the East Baltimore Community School

Katrina M. Foster, a graduate of the Baltimore City Public Schools and Teach for America, has been selected as the new principal of the East Baltimore Community School (EBCS), a K-8 charter school that has become the centerpiece of redevelopment efforts in East Baltimore.

Ceremonial Groundbreaking of New Elementary School and Early Childhood Center in East Baltimore

More than 300 East Baltimore students, residents and others will join Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, city and state officials, and Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels today for a ceremonial groundbreaking of a new $43 million state-of-the-art elementary school and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Center.

New Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Scholarship Program Gives Gifted, Rural Students Challenging Summer Courses

Everyone needs a place where they feel like they belong. But when you are a smart kid living in a rural area, finding classes and cultural opportunities, libraries and labs, and teachers and peers to inspire and engage you, can be difficult. Rural Connections, a new scholarship program launched this summer by The Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth (CTY), addresses this need.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Can Your Robot Dance?

On Saturday, May 5, about 90 Maryland high school and middle school students, mostly working in teams, will enter their small robots in Johns Hopkins Robo-Challenge 2012, a series of competitive events, including a mechanical dance contest.

Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins University 9th Annual Physics Fair 2012: Saturday, April 21

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at The Johns Hopkins University is hosting its 9th Annual Physics Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, coinciding with the annual Spring Fair celebration on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Events will take place in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy, located on the north end of the campus near Homewood Field.

Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Education Industry Association Form Strategic Partnership

The Johns Hopkins University School of Education and the Education Industry Association have announced a partnership building on their individual strengths in educational instruction and reform.

Maryland Learning Links Offers Special Education Resources

Maryland families and educators seeking early intervention services and special education information now have a user-friendly resource at their fingertips through a new website called Maryland Learning Links.