Johns Hopkins biomedical engineers have developed a free, browser-based online tool that could speed up the creation of new drugs to treat or prevent Ebola virus infections. The software, called MuPIT Ebola Edition, enables a researcher to visualize Ebola gene mutations in the context of three-dimensional protein structures. It also offers views of antibody binding sites called epitopes that are situated on protein surfaces. These sites may give researchers new targets for preventive vaccines and serums to treat those who are already infected.
Recent news from The Johns Hopkins University
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Johns Hopkins University has entered into a partnership agreement with Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, aimed at speeding up the development of new technology and moving the resulting products toward the marketplace more quickly. The agreement, approved recently by both parties, will enable ATAP to draw on the expertise of Johns Hopkins computer scientists and other experts, and approve funds for joint technology projects in as little as 30 days. That turnaround time is much shorter than the period usually required for obtaining grants from governments agencies and private organizations.
About 120 high school students from 11 nations and 18 states will compete in Johns Hopkins University’s annual, tension-filled Spaghetti Bridge Contest, marking the culmination of a four-week summer engineering program.
Without prompt care, a badly wounded soldier can easily bleed to death while being transported to a distant medical station. Two traditional treatments—tourniquets and medicated gauze pads—often cannot stop the blood loss from a deep wound at the neck, shoulder or groin. To give these soldiers a fighting chance at survival, Johns Hopkins undergraduates have invented an injectable foam system designed to stop profuse bleeding from a wound where a limb or the head is connected to the torso.
A relic from long before the age of supercomputers, the 169-year-old math strategy called the Jacobi iterative method is widely dismissed today as too slow to be useful. But thanks to a curious, numbers-savvy Johns Hopkins engineering student and his professor, it may soon get a new lease on life.
Benjamin Langmead, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering, has been chosen by the National Science Foundation to receive its prestigious CAREER Award, which recognizes the high level of promise and excellence in early-stage scholars.
Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students have designed a lightweight, easy-to-conceal shirt-like garment to deliver life-saving shocks to patients experiencing serious heart problems. The students say their design improves upon a wearable defibrillator system that is already in use. Their design changes, the students say, should help persuade patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest to wear the system around the clock.
Johns Hopkins University Professor Andrea Prosperetti, an authority in the area of fluid dynamics and underwater acoustics, has been awarded the 2014 EUROMECH Fluid Mechanics Prize by the Council of the European Mechanics Society.
Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals, the division of the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering that administers part-time graduate programs, has announced the launch of a new master’s degree in engineering management.
Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals, which administers part-time graduate studies for the university’s Whiting School of Engineering, has launched a new master’s degree program in space systems engineering.
Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University today joined forces in a new collaborative educational program designed to combine the strengths of both institutions to benefit their students and faculty members, as well as the fields of science and engineering. The “Extreme Science Internships” program will build a bridge between talented science and engineering students at Morgan State and faculty and researchers at the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI) at the Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering, as well as other universities, laboratories and research institutes across nine states and Germany.
Program will send Morgan State University students to labs all over the world April 29, 2014 Johns Hopkins MEDIA CONTACT: Jill Rosen Office: 443-997-9906 Cell: 443-547-8805 firstname.lastname@example.org Morgan State MEDIA CONTACT: Jarrett Carter Office: 443-885-3022 Cell: 410-807-6474 email@example.com WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 2. WHERE: The Center for the Built Environment and [...]
Johns Hopkins computer scientists have found a flaw in the way that secure cloud storage companies protect their customers’ data. The scientists say this weakness jeopardizes the privacy protection these digital warehouses claim to offer. Whenever customers share their confidential files with a trusted friend or colleague, the researchers say, the storage provider could exploit the security flaw to secretly view this private data.
MEDIA ADVISORY: As Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Disaster Approaches, Johns Hopkins Engineer Available to Discuss Oil Spill Research
April 20, 2014, will mark the four-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, a Gulf of Mexico rig explosion that killed 11 workers and led to the nation’s worst offshore oil spill. Reporters writing an update on this event may wish to interview David Murphy, who is studying oil spills in a Whiting School of Engineering lab at Johns Hopkins.
Media Advisory: 34 Baltimore City School Teams to Compete Saturday, April 5, in Robotics Contest at Johns Hopkins
On Saturday, April 5, in the Newton White Athletic Center on The Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, more than 100 middle and high school students from Baltimore City Public Schools will compete in the Hopkins Robotics Cup, the Baltimore City VEX Robotics Championship competition. The event is being hosted by the Center for Educational Outreach at Johns Hopkins’ Whiting School of Engineering, in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools. 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.
Major League Baseball has begun to get some high-tech help with scheduling. But for their 15 affiliated minor leagues, assembling the multi-team, multi-game calendar remains a tedious, time-consuming task that must be completed by hand. Soon, there may be a better way. Johns Hopkins students and faculty members have started tossing advanced math and powerful computing tools at the arcane art of planning game dates. The result is a new scheduling system that has piqued the interest of minor baseball league executives—and may prove to be useful in applications beyond the ballpark.
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.