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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 Joins Effort to Teach Math, Science Through Music

Music can make you want to dance, sing and clap your hands, but can it also make you want to learn math? A Johns Hopkins University professor of applied mathematics hopes so.

Johns Hopkins Announces 2016 Honorary Degree Recipients

An award-winning novelist, a Nobel Prize winner and Maryland’s first woman to become an administrative Circuit Court judge are among eight distinguished achievers who will receive Johns Hopkins University honorary degrees this year.

Johns Hopkins Film Incubator Aims to Empower New Baltimore Voices

Aspiring visual artists in Baltimore will have access to the expertise and connections of top filmmakers and executives through a new program launching at Johns Hopkins University.

Mapping City Hotspots for Zika Mosquito, ‘Never Will Bite’ Soap Among Winning Ideas at Johns Hopkins Hackathon

Mapping a city to detect Zika mosquito hotspots. Fashion accessories infused with a long-acting mosquito repellant. A special soap that keeps mosquitos away. Those are among the winning ideas from a Johns Hopkins University hackathon that drew participants from Baltimore to Brazil looking for ways to help prevent the spread of the Zika virus.

Tax Prep Chains Target Low-Income Workers

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.

Johns Hopkins Physics Fair Returns to Homewood Campus

Scientists will reveal invisible forces in the universe, students will compete for prizes and balloon rockets will be launched as the Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy holds its 13th Annual Physics Fair on Saturday, April 16 on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

$10 Million Gift Establishes Institute for the Humanities

Philanthropist Elizabeth Grass Weese and her brother, Roger Grass have committed $10 million to advance humanities scholarship and teaching at the Johns Hopkins University and to promote literature, art, philosophy, history and other cultural studies in Baltimore and the wider community. The gift is the largest ever to Johns Hopkins exclusively for the support of the humanities.

Johns Hopkins Art Historian Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Mitchell B. Merback, a Johns Hopkins University art historian, is among 178 prominent scholars to win 2016 Fellowships from The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Twenty-five Businesses Team up to Expand Economic Opportunities in Baltimore

A group of Baltimore-area businesses today unveiled a sweeping new plan aimed at harnessing their collective influence to help strengthen the city and create opportunities for Baltimoreans.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Press Conference to Announce New $69 million Baltimore Economic Initiative

On Monday, April 4, Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels and BGE Chief Executive Officer Calvin Butler will announce a major new economic inclusion initiative by 26 Baltimore companies. The two leaders will be joined by Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, OneBaltimore Chairman Michael Cryor, and President of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System Ronald Peterson.

Do Health Awareness Days Actually Impact Behavior?

Health awareness days are ubiquitous. But does dedicating a day to a serious disease or to healthy living habits actually make a difference in the lives of people who hear about the occasion?A new study, published today in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance by researchers from Johns Hopkins University and other institutions, used modern Big Data analyses to confirm that at least one annual health awareness day does indeed trigger behavior among many of the people who hear about it.

Race Biases Teachers’ Expectations for Students

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.

Johns Hopkins Increases Investment in Restructured Baltimore Scholars Program

The Johns Hopkins University is proud to announce a shift in its Baltimore Scholars Program to offer greater financial aid and more robust supports to high-achieving Baltimore City Public School graduates with significant financial need.

Baltimore Series to Explore Roots and Realities of Discrimination

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.

Spike Lee to Give Commencement Address

Filmmaker Spike Lee, whose acclaimed works including Do The Right Thing and Jungle Fever have challenged assumptions about race and prejudice, will speak at the Johns Hopkins University’s commencement ceremony on May 18.

New Research Shows Quasars Slowed Star Formation

Research led by Johns Hopkins University scientists has found new persuasive evidence that could help solve a long-standing mystery in astrophysics: why did the pace of star formation in the universe slow down some 11 billion years ago?

Johns Hopkins Class of 2020 Chosen From Record Applicant Pool

The Johns Hopkins University has admitted 2,539 students to complete the Class of 2020, high achievers selected from a record regular decision applicant pool of 25,188. These students join 559 future Blue Jays already admitted under the early decision plan.

Computer Simulations May Help Golfers Tame the Sport’s ‘Scariest 155 Yards’

Johns Hopkins engineers have devised a computer model to unravel the wicked wind conditions that plague the world’s greatest golfers at a course that hosts one of the sport’s most storied tournaments, The Masters, in Augusta, Ga.

Johns Hopkins Graduate Programs Rank Among U.S. News Best

Johns Hopkins University graduate programs in nursing, education, medicine, and biomedical engineering remain among the best in the nation, according to the newest U.S. News & World Report rankings of “Best Graduate Schools.”

Evidence of a ‘Ferguson Effect’ on Baltimore Arrests Before Unrest

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.

Cartoonist Ben Katchor to Speak at Johns Hopkins

Award-winning cartoonist and graphic novelist Ben Katchor will present an illustrated lecture on his work Monday April 4 at Johns Hopkins University.

Scientists Find Brain Cells That Know Which End Is Up

People are intuitive physicists — knowing from birth how objects under the influence of gravity are likely to fall, topple or roll. In a new study, scientists have found the brain cells apparently responsible for this innate wisdom.

Pineau Named Vice President and General Counsel

Paul Pineau, interim vice president and general counsel at the Johns Hopkins University, has been appointed to fill the position on a permanent basis.

Johns Hopkins Joins National Research on New Tech Components

The Johns Hopkins University is establishing a cutting-edge crystal growth facility as part of a national research project meant to revolutionize technology used in consumer products, industry and medicine, the National Science Foundation just announced.

How Do Energy Policies and Climate Change Affect Air Quality—and Our Health?

A new interdisciplinary science team, led by experts from Yale and Johns Hopkins universities and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will try to figure how power generation trends, climate change and public policy interact to affect air quality. A key goal is to trace how the resulting changes in air pollution may affect the health of people who live and work in the mid-Atlantic area.