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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: Student Teams to Compete for State Championship at Maryland Science Olympiad at Johns Hopkins

On Saturday, April 11, about 600 Maryland middle school and high school students and teachers will attend an all-day competition on the Homewood campus to determine the winners of the 2015 Maryland Science Olympiad and the qualifiers for National Science Olympiad.

New Global Affairs Institute at SAIS to Honor Kissinger

Three-term New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is providing initial funding for a new international policy institute at the Johns Hopkins University named in honor of his long-time friend, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Johns Hopkins Media Statement: U.S. Government Study in 1940s Guatemala

Johns Hopkins media statement regarding the U.S. government study in 1940s Guatemala.

Element of Surprise Helps Babies Learn

Infants have innate knowledge about the world and when their expectations are defied, they learn best, researchers at Johns Hopkins University found.

Prestigious White House Award Cites Johns Hopkins Professor’s Mentoring Skills

J. Tilak Ratnanather, a Johns Hopkins expert in brain mapping, and a champion of people with hearing loss, is a recipient of the Presidential Award of Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

Johns Hopkins Researchers Partner with Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore to Probe Mercury Levels in Dolphins

Johns Hopkins environmental scientists are collaborating with researchers from Dolphin Island at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore, to learn more about how and where mercury accumulates in the bodies of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins.

Johns Hopkins Appoints Four to Bloomberg Distinguished Professorships

The Johns Hopkins University has named four prominent scientists as its newest Bloomberg Distinguished Professors, unique faculty positions created with a landmark $350 million gift from alumnus and former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, to foster interdisciplinary collaboration across the institution’s many divisions.

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.

How A Little Inflation Could Lead to a Lot More Jobs

With the unemployment rate inching lower and lower, policymakers predict recovery from the recession is imminent. But the Federal Reserve could help create even more jobs by keeping interest rates near zero and tolerating a little inflation, a Johns Hopkins University economist argues.

Drug Restores Brain Function and Memory in Early Alzheimer’s Disease

A novel therapeutic approach for an existing drug reverses a condition in elderly patients who are at high risk for dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at Johns Hopkins University found.

Rare Split Images of Supernova Put Johns Hopkins Astronomer in the Spotlight

A Johns Hopkins astronomer played a key role in the recent discovery of a distant exploding star whose light split into four distinct images in a display just seen for the first time by scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope.

Johns Hopkins Graduate Programs Rated among the Best by U.S. News

Johns Hopkins University graduate programs in education, medicine, public health and nursing and in individual disciplines such as biomedical engineering remain among the best in the nation, according to the newest U.S. News & World Report’s report on “Best Graduate Schools.”

Comment from President Daniels on Sen. Mikulski

Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels released a statement in reaction to the announcement today by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., that she will not seek a sixth Senate term next year.

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.

Ultra-Thin Nanowires Can Trap Electron ‘Twisters’ That Disrupt Superconductors

Superconductor materials are prized for their ability to carry an electric current without resistance, but this valuable trait can be crippled or lost when electrons swirl into tiny tornado-like formations called vortices. To keep supercurrents flowing at top speed, Johns Hopkins scientists have figured out how to constrain troublesome vortices by trapping them within extremely short, ultra-thin nanowires.

2015 French Film Festival Lineup Announced

Johns Hopkins University’s annual French Film Festival opens March 2 and will showcase contemporary movies from French-speaking countries worldwide. This year’s theme is Francophone Crossings. Each of the five chosen films reflect on issues that arise when diverse populations interact, including a documentary that follows the 2007 slander trial of the Parisian satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Music News Tips from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

Story suggestions on classical and jazz music, music education, and related topics from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins.

Satiric Artist Steve Brodner to Speak at Johns Hopkins

Satiric artist and illustrator Steve Brodner will present a slide talk on his work on March 2 at the Johns Hopkins University.

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.

Johns Hopkins 1st in Research Spending for 35th Straight Year

The Johns Hopkins University led the U.S. in higher education research spending for the 35th straight year in fiscal 2013, with $2.2 billion for medical, science and engineering research, according to the National Science Foundation.

Successful Johns Hopkins Accelerator Expands to East Baltimore

Building on the success of Johns Hopkins University’s first business accelerator, FastForward, in demand since it opened nearly two years ago, the university is expanding its innovation program to East Baltimore.

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.

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