Johns Hopkins University experimental physicist and associate professor Andrei Gritsan is available to comment on the selection of Francois Englert and Peter Higgs as the 2013 Nobel Prize winners in Physics for their work on the Higgs boson.
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.
Johns Hopkins University physicists today are celebrating the important role they played in the discovery of a Higgs boson, the so-called “God particle” whose existence was predicted almost 50 years ago by Université Libre de Bruxelles’ Francois Englert and University of Edinburgh’s Peter Higgs, winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics.
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.
Two Johns Hopkins faculty members–Natalia Trayanova and Hans Tomas Bjornsson–have been chosen to receive prestigious National Institutes of Health grants allocated for biomedical research projects that face significant challenges but could lead to major health care payoffs. The Johns Hopkins researchers are among 78 grant recipients nationwide announced Sept. 30 under the High Risk-High Reward Program supported by the National Institutes of Health Common Fund.
The temperature is heating up for Particle Fever, a documentary produced by Johns Hopkins University professor David Kaplan that highlights the construction of one of the most audacious ventures in modern science. The film will be screened on Sept. 29 and Oct. 2 at the New York Film Festival, one of the most prestigious in the country.
Five Johns Hopkins graduate students, recently named to the 2014 class of Siebel Scholars, are pushing the boundaries of medical technology to develop new and improved ways to diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease and other serious health problems. The students are trying to turn stem cells into healthy blood vessels, are testing biological reactions within microscopic droplets and are using advanced imaging techniques to detect disease at an early, treatable stage.
In recognition of their research skills, academic achievements and leadership qualities, the five PhD candidates are being honored as Johns Hopkins’ 2014 Siebel Scholars. The merit-based Siebel program provides $35,000 to each student for use in his or her final year of graduate studies.
Three Johns Hopkins University theoretical physicists have received a $1.3 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to develop new ideas for the origin of the universe and alternative ways to test those ideas. The grant, awarded last month, will also be used to support a post-doctoral program for young scientists in theoretical research as well as to create a visitors program to bring notable scientists in the field to the university to collaborate with researchers.
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.
October – December 2013 Exhibition & Programming Highlights
In a move that will give financial mathematics students increased exposure to strategic internships and to experts working in today’s ultra-competitive financial services field, The Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering has entered into a partnership with Baltimore-based Campbell & Company, one of the oldest and largest investment management firms in the world.
Success for All Foundation Announces Partnership with Sesame Workshop to Pilot Sesame Street Content In Homes and Preschool Classrooms
The Home Links and preschool elements of the formative research and content testing effort will be piloted in schools and homes across the U.S. during the 2013-14 school year. The pilots will take place in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County, MD; New Orleans; Steubenville, OH; Bessemer, AL; and Corbin and Barbourville, KY.
When a beating heart slips into an irregular, life-threatening rhythm, the treatment is well known: deliver a burst of electric current from a pacemaker or defibrillator. But because the electricity itself can cause pain, tissue damage and other serious side-effects, a Johns Hopkins-led research team wants to replace these jolts with a kinder, gentler remedy: light. In a paper published Aug. 28 in the online journal Nature Communications, five biomedical engineers from Johns Hopkins and Stony Brook universities described their plan to use biological lab data and an intricate computer model to devise a better way to heal ailing hearts.
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.
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.
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.
Johns Hopkins University astrophysicist Charles L. Bennett has been selected to receive the 2013 Jansky Prize for his leadership in the establishment of precision cosmology through studies of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation.
Johns Hopkins Researchers Find Sympathetic Neurons Engage in “Cross Talk” With Cells in the Pancreas During Early Development
The human body is a complicated system of blood vessels, nerves, organs, tissue and cells each with a specific job to do. When all are working together, it’s a symphony of form and function as each instrument plays its intended roles. Biologist Rejji Kuruvilla and her fellow researchers uncovered what happens when one instrument is not playing its part.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Huge Shake Tables Will Replicate an Earthquake Beneath a Two-Story Test Building in Buffalo
On Friday, Aug. 16, a team led by Johns Hopkins University researchers will conduct final tests to see how a Southern California earthquake could impact a two-story office building. Inside a lab at the University at Buffalo in New York, two massive shake tables will be use to reproduce the strongest seismic forces recorded during the catastrophic Northridge earthquake in 1994.
A Johns Hopkins University geologist has won the prestigious Young Scientist Award from the Geological Society of America for the contributions she has made to the understanding of the environments of early humans in Africa. Naomi Levin, an assistant professor, will receive her award at the geological society’s 125th anniversary conference in Denver on October 29.