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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.

 

Neighbors But Not Classmates

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.

MEDIA ADVISORY: It’s “Baltimore Day” for Johns Hopkins Freshmen

“The idea of Baltimore Day is to get our students out of the Johns Hopkins bubble from the beginning and into places where they can learn to better understand the city that will be their home for four years,” said Justin Beauchamp, coordinator of orientation and first-year experience at the university. “We want them to appreciate the city’s history and culture and learn ways to engage in the greater Baltimore community.”

The Amazing Adaptability of the Brain’s Vision Center

By early childhood, the sight regions of a blind person’s brain respond to sound, especially spoken language, a Johns Hopkins University neuroscientist has found.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Class of 2019 Arrives in Baltimore

Johns Hopkins University’s incoming freshmen arrive in Baltimore this week. A highlight for the new class will be Baltimore Day, a chance to get to know the city they’ll call home over the next four years.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Future Engineers Use Their Noodles to Build Bridges from Spaghetti

About 160 high school students will compete in the annual Spaghetti Bridge Contest, marking the culmination of a four-week summer course called Engineering Innovation.

JHU Museums Summer Calendar Highlights

July – September 2015 Exhibition & Programming Highlights

Women’s Lacrosse Joins Big Ten as Sport Affiliate Member

The Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team has been accepted by the Big Ten Conference as a sport affiliate member and will begin play in the league during the 2017 season.

Johns Hopkins Math Students a Hit With Minor League Baseball Schedulers

With the help of some Johns Hopkins University math students, Minor League Baseball is catching up with the majors in using computers to produce its game schedules.

New York Open-Data Program Chief Joins Center for Government Excellence

Andrew Nicklin, former head of groundbreaking open-data programs in New York city and state, has joined a Johns Hopkins University project to make cities’ data more accessible and help solve urban problems.

When the Color We See Isn’t the Color We Remember

Though people can distinguish between millions of colors, we have trouble remembering specific shades because our brains tend to store what we’ve seen as one of just a few basic hues, a Johns Hopkins University-led team discovered.

$10 Million Aronson Gift Creates International Studies Center

The chair of the Johns Hopkins University’s board of trustees and his wife have committed $10 million to give students new opportunities in international relations and to enhance scholarly work on major world issues.

Undergrad Tuition to Rise 3.5 Percent, Aid 7 Percent

Tuition for full-time liberal arts and engineering undergraduates at the Johns Hopkins University will increase 3.5 percent in the 2015-2016 academic year while the financial aid budget for those students rises 7 percent.

Special Graduation Scheduled for JHU’s NCAA Lacrosse, Track Athletes

MEDIA ADVISORY: The university will hold a special graduation ceremony for athletes who will miss Thursday’s commencement because of NCAA championship competition.

Johns Hopkins Commencement Set for May 21

About 7,000 students will claim their degrees Thursday, May 21, at the commencement ceremony for all of Johns Hopkins University’s divisions and campuses.

13 Named Fulbright Scholars at Johns Hopkins

Thirteen Johns Hopkins University students and recent graduates will have the opportunity to travel abroad to such places as Fiji, China, and France to study, teach, and conduct research after recently being named Fulbright Scholars.

Johns Hopkins Community Joins in Day of Service to Baltimore

About 380 Johns Hopkins alumni, students, parents and employees and their relatives and friends are volunteering for Baltimore City at 10 sites on Saturday, May 2.

Johns Hopkins Physics Fair Returns to Homewood Campus

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University will host its 12th annual Physics Fair from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. The fair coincides with the university’s annual Spring Fair celebration on the Homewood campus.

Two Johns Hopkins Scholars Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

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.

Pixar’s Ed Catmull to Give Commencement Address

Ed Catmull, a co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, a computer scientist responsible for groundbreaking movie blockbusters like Toy Story and a winner of five Academy Awards, will speak at the Johns Hopkins University’s commencement exercises on Thursday, May 21.

Johns Hopkins Class of 2019 Chosen From Record Applicant Pool

The Johns Hopkins University has admitted 2,525 students to complete the Class of 2019, selected from a record applicant pool of 24,717. These students joined 540 future Blue Jays who have already enrolled at the university under the Early Decision admission plan.

Johns Hopkins Museums Spring 2015 Program Highlights

The Johns Hopkins University museums March through May 2015 exhibition and programming highlights including an edible kitchen garden course with Gertrude’s Restaurant chef John Shields.

Weekend Media Advisory: 47 Baltimore City School Teams to Compete Saturday in Robotics Contest at Johns Hopkins

On Saturday, Feb. 14, more than 150 middle and high school students from Baltimore City Public Schools will compete at Johns Hopkins in the Textron Systems Hopkins Robotics Cup, an event that yields the winners of the Baltimore City Mentor League VEX Robotics Championship.

Beverly Wendland Named Dean of Arts and Sciences

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.

Two Johns Hopkins Engineering Faculty Members Receive NSF CAREER Awards

Two junior faculty members in Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering have been selected to receive National Science Foundation CAREER Awards, which recognize the highest level of excellence among early-stage researchers. The recipients are Jaafar El-Awady, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Amitabh Basu, an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics.

JHU Researcher Lisa Feigenson Receives 2015 Troland Research Award

Lisa Feigenson, a Johns Hopkins University researcher, who specializes in cognition and memory in humans as early as infancy, is a recipient of the National Academy of Sciences 2015 Troland Research Award.