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Johns Hopkins Introduces Master of Science in Government Analytics

In an increasingly data-driven world, there is an urgent need for individuals with the analytical skills necessary to address contemporary political, policy and governance issues.

MEDIA ADVISORY: How Secure is Personal Data on HealthCare.gov? Johns Hopkins Expert Available for Interviews

Avi Rubin, a Johns Hopkins professor of computer science and director of the university’s Health and Medical Security Lab, testified Nov. 19 before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology at a hearing titled, “Is Your Data on Healthcare.gov Secure?” In a prepared statement submitted to the panel, Rubin said, “HealthCare.gov does not collect nor store Electronic Medical Records, but it does collect whatever personal information is needed for enrollment. This information, in the wrong hands, could potentially be used for identity theft attacks.”

Johns Hopkins Project Aims to help Mid-Atlantic combat Hurricanes, Heat Waves

The National Science Foundation has awarded Seth Guikema, a Johns Hopkins University assistant professor of geography and environmental engineering, a $3 million grant to build a program that will determine the effect of repeated hurricanes and heat waves on the Mid-Atlantic region and suggest ways to improve the region’s ability to withstand them.

New Report Says Predictive Policing Helps Stop Crime Before It Starts

Police departments across the country are using their own predictive strategies such as algorithms, time/space analysis and social network analysis to become “data detectives” in an effort to stop crime before it starts, according a new report by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Advanced Governmental Studies.

MEDIA ADVISORY: In the Wake of NSA Eavesdropping Reports, Can Cyber-Privacy Be Preserved?

Recent news reports stated that the National Security Agency has pursued new methods that have allowed the agency to monitor telephone and online communication, encrypted information that was thought to be virtually immune to eavesdropping. What steps can and should computer scientists take in response to this privacy threat? How will the recent revelations affect the future of cryptography—the field of encoding and decoding electronic communication and transmissions for the purposes of privacy, reliability and efficiency?

To address these questions, the Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute will host an hour-long roundtable discussion Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the university’s Homewood campus.

30-Year Supreme Court Reporter is Constitution Day Lecturer

Linda Greenhouse, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, is the featured speaker for The Johns Hopkins University’s ninth annual Constitutional Forum on Constitution Day, Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m.

MEDIA ADVISORY: 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Lester K. Spence, an expert in racial politics and American political thought, sociologist Katrina Bell McDonald, civil rights historian Nathan Connolly and historian Ronald Walters can discuss the impact of the March on Washington and its modern relevance on its 50th anniversary.

Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins experts available to discuss Supreme Court action on Fisher v. University of Texas

Supreme Court Fisher Decision: Lester K. Spence, an expert in racial politics and American political thought, and Joel Grossman, an expert in constitutional law, can discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Fisher v. University of Texas case.

Diagnosis: ‘Irrationality in Health Care’

The debate over American health care didn’t end with the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Now that the law is in place and its provisions are slowly becoming reality, the discussion has shifted to questions regarding whether the benefits are worth the costs, and whether we will actually be a healthier nation once every citizen has health insurance. Johns Hopkins University health economist Douglas E. Hough hopes his new book, which looks at the state of American health care through the lens of behavioral economics, will be helpful in framing this new wave of discourse in a more productive way.

Foreign Affairs Symposium at The Johns Hopkins University

The annual student-run Foreign Affairs Symposium at The Johns Hopkins University is returning to the Homewood campus this month, with several prominent speakers scheduled to appear during the spring semester under the theme, “From the Front Line to the Bottom Line.” Retired Gen. Stanley McChyrstal, who most recently served as commander of the International Security Assistance Force and commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, will open the lecture series on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Gun Policy Summit Recommendations

A summit of more than 20 of the world’s leading gun policy experts has identified research-based policies to reduce gun violence in the United States. The policy recommendations were the result of a two-day Summit on gun violence convened by The Johns Hopkins University on January 14 and 15, The Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Today at the Johns Hopkins Gun Policy Summit

The Johns Hopkins-sponsored Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America concludes today [Tuesday, Jan. 14] and is available by webcast for reporters wishing to cover it remotely.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Gun Policy Summit Webcast Today

The Johns Hopkins-sponsored Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America convenes today [Monday, Jan. 14] and is available by webcast today and tomorrow for reporters wishing to cover it remotely.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins students gathering to watch final presidential debate

With just over two weeks to go before election day, undergraduates at Johns Hopkins University will gather to watch the third and final presidential debate Monday night.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins students gathering to watch presidential debate

Johns Hopkins undergraduates from the College Democrats, College Republicans and a weekly opinion magazine called JHU Politik are hosting a non-partisan presidential debate-watching party tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 9 p.m., at Nolan’s on 33rd dining hall, located at 3301 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins students gathering to watch vice presidential debate

Undergraduates whose beliefs span the political spectrum will gather to watch Thursday night’s debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, the Republican candidate for vice president.

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.

Constitution Day 2012: The changing attitude of the Supreme Court

Stanford Law School professor Pamela S. Karlan will discuss the Supreme Court’s attitude towards the other branches of government and the political process at The Johns Hopkins University’s 2012 Constitutional Forum, held in conjunction with the annual observance of Constitution Day. The forum will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, in Mason Hall Auditorium.

Johns Hopkins Researcher in Electrical Stimulation of the Brain to Receive Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Sridevi V. Sarma, a Johns Hopkins faculty member who is her using knowledge of electrical engineering and computer science to develop new treatments for brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy, is among 96 researchers selected this year to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Experts available to discuss Supreme Court’s decision on health care

Two Johns Hopkins professors are available to offer a constitutional or health care industry perspective on the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins Expert Available for Interviews Regarding Casino Games

If your story concerns casino games, particularly poker, computer scientist Avi Rubin is available to comment. Rubin, technical director of the Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute, led a research team that discovered that hackers could easily tamper with the touchscreen voting machines used widely in the United States. More recently, he has studied the security of electronic medical records. In his spare time, Rubin is an avid poker player.

Media Advisory: Census scholars available

Three experts at Johns Hopkins can speak about how the birth rate among minority groups now exceeds the birth rate among whites.

Vali Nasr Named Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS

Vali R. Nasr, a leading scholar, foreign policy adviser to Democratic and Republican administrations, and commentator on international relations, has been appointed dean of The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

CEOs’ Political Beliefs Influence Firms’ Tax-Avoidance Strategies, New Study Shows

The political beliefs of corporate CEOs strongly influence the tax-avoidance strategies of the firms they run, and those firms with Republican chief executive officers show a significantly higher level of tax avoidance than do companies with CEOs of no obvious political preference, according to a new study co-authored by a Johns Hopkins business professor.

Foreign Affairs Symposium at The Johns Hopkins University

The annual student-run Foreign Affairs Symposium at The Johns Hopkins University has returned with several prominent speakers scheduled to visit the Homewood campus during the spring semester.

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