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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: Spring Fair, Pedestrian Safety Event

April 22, 2014 CONTACT: Jill Rosen Office: 443-997-9906 Cell: 443-547-8805 jrosen@jhu.edu What: Spring Fair 2014, a free festival, open to the public, featuring fun for children and adults. There will be 70 craft vendors, a food court, live music (including headline artist J. Cole) and a beer garden. For children there will be games, a [...]

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.

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.

YouTube Boss To Deliver Johns Hopkins Commencement Address

Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, will address graduates of Johns Hopkins University at commencement on May 22, 2014. Named one of Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” and one of Vanity Fair’s 50 “leading innovators [that] shake the foundations of their industries,” Wojcicki became head of the video-sharing powerhouse earlier this year.

Johns Hopkins Opens Studio For TV, Radio Interviews

The Johns Hopkins University now has a fully equipped studio available for television and radio interviews.

Johns Hopkins Statement: Breach of a University Server

Johns Hopkins has learned from the FBI that information stolen from a Department of Biomedical Engineering web server was posted on the Internet on Thursday, March 6. This came one day after the department received what can only be described as an extortion message from someone claiming to be a member of the hackers’ group called Anonymous.

Music Pioneer Thomas Dolby Becomes Johns Hopkins Professor

Dolby will also be artistic director of a film center Johns Hopkins is launching along with the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Maryland Film Festival in Station North, Baltimore’s nascent arts and entertainment district. The center will be a key facet of Johns Hopkins’ efforts to revitalize that neighborhood, which is located between the main campus and downtown Baltimore.

Johns Hopkins Names First Bloomberg Distinguished Professors

Johns Hopkins University has named two of its Nobel Prize- winning biologists and a prominent Harvard University sociologist as Bloomberg Distinguished Professors, the first members of a new group of scholars created to foster collaboration across the institution’s many divisions and help address major world problems.

Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries Acquire the John Barth Collection

John Barth, a National Book Award winner, was a leading figure in the university’s Writing Seminars department, and his work is central to twentieth-century literary history, especially the development of the contemporary novel, the articulation of international postmodernism, and the identity of Maryland’s Eastern Shore in American literature.

Johns Hopkins Selects Early Decision Students from Record Applicant Pool

The Johns Hopkins University is offering early admission to 526 students from 39 U.S. states and 24 countries into its Class of 2018. The university chose them from a record 1,595 early decision applicants — up 11 percent over last year.

Media advisory: Johns Hopkins Expert Available to Discuss Nelson Mandela legacy

Katherine S. Newman, the James B. Knapp Dean of The Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, whose research focuses on the first generation to come of age in democratic South Africa, is available to discuss the death of anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Can a Mousetrap-and-Rubber-Band Device Protect a Plummeting Egg?

Fifty-nine Johns Hopkins freshmen from an introductory mechanical engineering course will compete. Twenty student teams of two or three students have built devices that must be able to transport an uncooked chicken egg from a platform six feet off the ground to a target below—without breaking the egg.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cover the Anchor Institutions Conference

Reporters and columnists are invited to cover a one-day conference for universities, medical centers and other large nonprofits that use their knowledge, influence and financial clout to promote jobs, better education and community development in their home areas.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Baltimore Area Middle School Girls to Get Introduction to Engineering

Engineering students at Johns Hopkins are primary organizers and volunteers for “Ready Set Design!” The program aims to cultivate girls’ interest in engineering and engineering careers. About 30 girls from middle schools in Baltimore city and neighboring communities are expected to participate.

Johns Hopkins Pledges Commitment to Local, Sustainable Food

At least 30 percent of Johns Hopkins University food purchases will be local, sustainable, humane and fair-trade by 2020, Johns Hopkins University has pledged.

Fifth Annual President’s Day of Service Draws Record Number of Volunteers

More than 1,000 Johns Hopkins University students, faculty and staff are set to spend a day helping several dozen of Baltimore’s non-profit organizations. People will plant gardens, clean the harbor, weed vacant lots and distribute food to the homeless.

Schlesinger Named Engineering Dean at Johns Hopkins

T.E. Schlesinger, a distinguished engineering researcher, teacher and veteran leader of one of the top academic departments in his field, has been appointed dean of the Whiting School of Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University.

Artist Kyle Staver To Speak At Johns Hopkins

New York-based artist Kyle Staver will join Homewood Art Workshops Director Craig Hankin for a discussion and slide show on Oct. 24 at the Johns Hopkins University.

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.

Next Week: New Contact Info for Johns Hopkins University Media Relations

Media spokespersons for the central administration and Homewood campus of The Johns Hopkins University will have new contact information beginning Sept. 4.

$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.

Eisenhower Symposium Series Opens Sept. 10

Actor and comedian Craig Robinson, who played Darryl the Dunder Mifflin paper company warehouse manager for nine seasons on The Office, will lead off the annual Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Homewood campus.

Also scheduled to visit Homewood this fall are Jon Favreau, former director of speechwriting for President Barack Obama, Wednesday, Oct. 2; Kal Penn, actor and former associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Tuesday, Oct. 8; retired CIA intelligence officers Tony and Jonna Mendez (Tony was portrayed by Ben Affleck in the Academy Award–winning Argo,) Wednesday, Oct. 16; and former longtime Congressman Ron Paul, Friday, Nov. 1.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Class of 2017 arrives at Johns Hopkins

The No. 1 ranked U.S. water skier. The founder of a sustainable tree farm in Uganda. An opening performer for the band Earth Wind and Fire. A health columnist for Huffpost Teen. An independent filmmaker recognized by the American Film Institute. The creator of a program where corporations donate old computers to disadvantaged schools in India and Sri Lanka.

Meet a few of the students in Johns Hopkins University’s class of 2017.

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.

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