Young African-Americans from some of the country’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods are drawn to for-profit post-secondary trade schools, believing they are the quickest route to jobs. But a new study co-authored by a Johns Hopkins University sociologist finds the very thing that makes for-profit schools seem so appealing — a streamlined curriculum — is the reason so many poor students drop out.
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.
The following Johns Hopkins University experts, whose research focuses on such subjects as race, economic policy, inequality, gun violence, law enforcement and health care, are available for interviews during the presidential election season.
July 26, 2016 Tags: economics, Election experts, issues, Johns Hopkins University, politics, Presidential election, race
| Category: Business and Economics, Government and Politics, Public Health, Social Sciences
Rising income inequality, and the resulting scarcity of certain types of jobs, is a key reason a growing number of young Americans are having babies before getting married.
Four Johns Hopkins University faculty members are among the new scholars elected to the National Academy of Sciences today in recognition of their “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.”
May 3, 2016 Tags: Andrew J. Cherlin, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Geraldine Seydoux, Johns Hopkins University, Kenneth W. Kinzler, National Academy of Sciences, sociology, Sydney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Timothy M. Heckman
| Category: Medicine and Nursing, Natural Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Social Sciences
National tax preparation chains continue to exploit the working poor, many of whom spend a significant portion of a key federal anti-poverty tax credit just to pay for filing their taxes, a new study concludes.
April 14, 2016 Tags: Advanced Academic Programs, Earned Income Tax Credit, income taxes, Johns Hopkins University, Paul Weinstein, tax preparation
| Category: Business and Economics, Government and Politics, Social Sciences
When evaluating the same black student, white teachers expect significantly less academic success than black teachers, a new Johns Hopkins University study concludes. This is especially true for black boys.
A year after the unrest in Baltimore sparked by the arrest and tragic death of Freddie Gray, Johns Hopkins University is launching an art and conversation series to reflect on deep-rooted discrimination in the city and what the community can do about it.
A “Ferguson effect” likely decelerated arrests in Baltimore well before the April 2015 unrest related to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, but there is little evidence to suggest it influenced the city’s crime rate, a new report concludes.
Ben Seigel, a Baltimore native who helped design the Obama Administration’s place-based strategy and led the federal government’s effort to address deep-rooted issues in Baltimore after last year’s unrest, has joined a Johns Hopkins University project to strengthen cities with similar urban challenges.
January 27, 2016 Tags: 21st century cities initiative, Baltimore City, Ben Seigel, Johns Hopkins University, Kathryn Edin
| Category: Government and Politics, Homewood Campus News, Institutional News, Social Sciences, University-Related
Three Johns Hopkins University researchers whose 2014 book traced the lives of nearly 800 Baltimore City public school students for a quarter of a century have won the prestigious $100,000 Grawemeyer Award in Education.
In a study recently published in the journal Real Estate Economics, public policy professor Sandra J. Newman and researcher C. Scott Holupka found that race was a key determinate of which low and moderate-income people who bought first homes during the decade made money. During the Great Recession, white homebuyers lost money but black ones lost considerably more. Even during the boom years, when white buyers increased their wealth by 50 percent, black buyers lost 47 percent of their wealth.
October 7, 2015 Tags: C. Scott Holupka, Great Recession, homeownership, Housing boom, inequality, Johns Hopkins University, race, real estate, Sandra J. Newman
| Category: Business and Economics, Public Health, Social Sciences
The Affordable Care Act has eroded support for health care spending not just among Republicans, but for Democrats and Independents, a Johns Hopkins University study has found.
Contrary to assumptions that disadvantaged neighborhoods trap children in failing schools, a Johns Hopkins University sociologist has found the opposite to be true: as a neighborhood’s income decreases, its range of educational experiences greatly expands.
September 2, 2015 Tags: high school, Johns Hopkins University, Julia Burdick-Will, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, school choice, sociology, urban issues
| Category: Education/K-12, Homewood Campus News, Social Sciences
Low-income fathers who might be labeled “deadbeat dads” often spend as much on their children as parents in formal child support arrangements, but they choose to give goods like food and clothing rather than cash, a Johns Hopkins-led study found.
Anthropologist Niloofar Haeri and Lawrence M. Principe, a historian of science and a chemist, both of Johns Hopkins University, were among 175 prominent scholars to win 2015 fellowships from The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
April 10, 2015 Tags: Guggenheim, Johns Hopkins University, Lawrence M. Principe, Niloofar Haeri
| Category: Arts and Humanities, Homewood Campus News, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, University-Related
Beverly Wendland, a distinguished biologist known for dedication to undergraduate and graduate students, commitment to diversity, and advocacy for innovative teaching and liberal arts education, has been appointed dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.
February 12, 2015 Tags: Beverly Wendland, James B. Knapp Dean, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Ronald J. Daniels
| Category: Arts and Humanities, Homewood Campus News, Institutional News, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, University Administration, University-Related
November 17, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Tracey Reeves Office: 443-997-9903 Cell: 443-986-4053 firstname.lastname@example.org Michela Gallagher, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, doesn’t just study the brain. She mentors young scientists on the importance and rewards of studying it too. Over the course of her career, Gallagher has spent almost as […]
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.
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.
Waiting until marriage to have babies is now “unusual” among less educated adults close to 30 years old, Johns Hopkins University researchers found.
The new appointees are Patricia H. Janak, a neuroscientist specializing in associative learning and addiction; Stephen Morgan, a sociologist with expertise in education and inequality; and Kathleen Sutcliffe, an organizational sociologist focused on organizational reliability and safety. Janak, Morgan, and Sutcliffe will begin their new roles on July 1.
It’s long been accepted – with little science to back it up – that people should spend roughly a third of their income on housing. It turns out, that’s about how much a low-income family should spend to optimize their children’s brainpower.
In a ground-breaking study, Johns Hopkins University researchers followed nearly 800 Baltimore school children for a quarter of a century, and discovered that their fates were substantially determined by the family they were born into.
Although the United States is spending more on welfare than ever before, most of that money is going to better-off families rather than the very poorest. That means in 2014, a family of four earning $11,925 a year likely got less aid than a same-sized family earning $47,700.
Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels wrote to students, faculty and staff to announce the appointment of Katherine Newman, the James B. Knapp Dean of the university’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, as provost of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
April 24, 2014 Tags: Amherst, Katherine Newman, Katherine S. Newman, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Ronald J. Daniels, University of Massachusetts, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
| Category: Homewood Campus News, Institutional News, Social Sciences, University Administration, University-Related