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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.

 

Johns Hopkins Undergrads Intern with Nonprofits in Need

The Johns Hopkins’ Community Impact Internships Program, run out of the Center for Social Concern, was born after an anonymous donor gave $1.25 million so the university could develop a way to get students off campus to experience Baltimore.

Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins Expert Available to Discuss Supreme Court Gay Marriage Decisions

Andrew J. Cherlin, a Johns Hopkins University professor and an expert in the sociology of the families and public policy, is available to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s action today regarding the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8.

Johns Hopkins Summer Program Hooks Baltimore City Teens on Science

Biophysics Research for Baltimore Teens, a paid summer internship program, aims to give city high school students from low-income communities a head start in science careers by exposing them to the thrills of university-level bio-medical lab work.

New Campus Accelerator Aims to Turn High-Tech Ideas into Businesses

The Johns Hopkins University is set to unveil FastForward, a groundbreaking business accelerator that promises to spark cutting-edge technology companies and then keep them in the city to bolster the local economy. The university’s Whiting School of Engineering launched FastForward to help turn the best ideas born on campus into moneymaking ventures. The university’s first accelerator is located in the historic Stieff Silver building on the north side of Baltimore near the Homewood campus.

Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins FastForward Accelerator Grand Opening Set

The Johns Hopkins University is set to unveil FastForward, a groundbreaking business accelerator that promises to spark cutting-edge technology companies and then keep them in the city to bolster the local economy. The university’s Whiting School of Engineering launched FastForward to help turn the best ideas born on campus into moneymaking ventures. Four fledgling companies have already moved into the building.

Johns Hopkins Student Wins Prestigious Pew Fellowship

The fellowship provides support to advance research, enabling winners to study with prominent U.S. scientists and then establish laboratories in their home countries.

Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins University Commencement Ceremony

The 137th academic year at The Johns Hopkins University has come to a close, and with that ending, new beginnings will be launched at a university-wide commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 23.

New ‘Out of This World’ Space Stethoscope Valuable Here on Earth, Too

A team of students at the Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering has designed for NASA a new stethoscope that delivers accurate heart- and body-sounds to medics who are trying to assess astronauts’ health on long missions in noisy spacecraft.

Men’s Lacrosse Will Seek Conference Tie

Johns Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels announced today that the university will seek a NCAA Division I conference affiliation for its men’s lacrosse team.

Undergrads Adapt Video Game Unit to Help Save Kids Trapped In Overheated Cars

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: a young child is accidentally left in a locked car on a warm and sunny day. The closed windows turn the car into a greenhouse, and the child dies of heatstroke. In a key first step toward preventing such tragedies, three undergraduate engineering students at Johns Hopkins have turned technology from a popular video game player into a detector for children left behind in dangerously overheated vehicles.

Johns Hopkins University Commencement, Thursday, May 23

The event will take place, rain or shine, from 8:40 a.m. to approximately noon on Thursday, May 23, on Homewood Field. The ceremony will feature remarks from President Ronald J. Daniels and a speech by Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, the conferring of all degrees, and the bestowing of honorary degrees.

Media Advisory: 36 Baltimore City School Teams to Compete in Robotics Contest at Johns Hopkins

More than 100 Baltimore City Public middle and high school students will compete in the Hopkins Robotics Cup, the first Baltimore City VEX Robotics Championship, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, in the Newton White Athletic Center on The Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus.

WEEKEND MEDIA ADVISORY: Robots That Dance—and Find ‘Tumors’

More than a dozen student teams from the Baltimore area will bring small autonomous robots to compete in various events during the competition, organized by Johns Hopkins graduate students from the university’s Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics. Contest events include slalom racing, mystery maze navigation, “tumor” detection, robot dancing and innovative use.

Johns Hopkins University and Waverly Elementary/Middle School to Host Health Fair

The Johns Hopkins University and Waverly Elementary/Middle School have partnered to teach young students about the benefits of healthy eating and regular exercise through a program called Food as Medicine. A special program event, the Safari of Health Fair, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 26 at the school on 701 E. 34th St. Baltimore, MD 21218.

Engineering Dean Appointed as Penn State’s Provost

Nicholas P. Jones, dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, will be leaving Johns Hopkins on June 30 to accept a position as executive vice president and provost of The Pennsylvania State University.

Three Johns Hopkins Students Receive Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

Three undergraduate researchers at The Johns Hopkins University are among the 271 students recently awarded Goldwater Scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year. The one- and two-year funding the three Johns Hopkins students receive will help further their investigations in molecular dynamics, the biomedical science of disease, and developing a computational tool to help surgeons treat epilepsy.

Shollenberger Named Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Kevin G. Shollenberger, since 2008 the chief student affairs officer for undergraduates at Columbia University, has been appointed vice provost for student affairs at The Johns Hopkins University.

Carey Business School’s ‘Innovation for Humanity’ Course Wins Sustainability Award from Johns Hopkins

The Innovation for Humanity course of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s Global MBA program is being honored in the inaugural Green Blue Jay Awards presented by the Johns Hopkins University Office of Sustainability.

Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa to speak at Johns Hopkins’ Commencement Ceremony

Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, a renowned neuroscientist and neurosurgeon at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will be the featured speaker at the university’s Thursday, May 23, commencement ceremony. He will address graduates from all Johns Hopkins schools at the morning university-wide event at the Homewood campus at which their degrees are officially conferred.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Student Teams to Compete for Johns Hopkins Business Plan Prize Money on April 12

Johns Hopkins Business Plan Competition presentations and judging will take place from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12. Twenty-four finalist teams will present their business plans to judges in three categories: medical technologies and life sciences, general business and social enterprise. Each team is composed of two to 10 undergraduates, graduate students or post-doctoral fellows who have devised a product or service they propose to sell. The finalist teams come from seven Johns Hopkins University divisions.

Statement on the Death in Afghanistan of Anne Smedinghoff ’09

The text of an email message sent by Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels to students, faculty and staff concerning the death in Afghanistan of university alumna and U.S. diplomat Anne Smedinghoff.

Johns Hopkins Undergraduate Tuition to Rise 3.5 Percent

Tuition for full-time liberal arts and engineering undergraduates at The Johns Hopkins University will increase 3.5 percent this fall, the smallest percentage increase in 39 years.

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY SPRING FAIR 2013: APRIL 12, 13 and 14

Spring Fair returns to the Homewood campus Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14.

Low-Cost ‘Cooling Cure’ Could Avert Brain Damage in Oxygen-Starved Babies

When babies are deprived of oxygen before birth, brain damage and disorders such as cerebral palsy can occur. Extended cooling can prevent brain injuries, but this treatment is not always available in developing nations where advanced medical care is scarce. To address this need, Johns Hopkins undergraduates have devised a low-tech $40 unit to provide protective cooling in the absence of modern hospital equipment that can cost $12,000.

Cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez to speak at Johns Hopkins

Cartoonist and graphic novelist Gilbert Hernandez will present a slide talk on his work on Monday, April 15 at The Johns Hopkins University. Hernandez’ talk, “From Funnybooks to Graphic Novels,” will begin at5:30 p.m.in Room 101 of the F. Ross Jones Building,MattinCenter, on the Homewoodcampus at3400 N. Charles St.inBaltimore. A book-signing will follow.

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