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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: Angela Davis to Speak at Johns Hopkins

Angela Davis, a leading thinker on issues of racial politics and criminal justice reform, will visit Johns Hopkins University as part of the JHU Forums on Race in America.

Department of Labor Official Joins 21st Century Cities Initiative

Ben Seigel, a Baltimore native who helped design the Obama Administration’s place-based strategy and led the federal government’s effort to address deep-rooted issues in Baltimore after last year’s unrest, has joined a Johns Hopkins University project to strengthen cities with similar urban challenges.

Media Advisory: Volunteers to Clean the ‘Cathedral of Books’

Reporters are invited to cover Friday’s annual cleaning of the George Peabody Library, Baltimore’s “Cathedral of Books,” by a crew of library staff and volunteers.

Johns Hopkins to Put Cameras in Hands of Baltimore Youth

Young people in Baltimore City will have a chance to express themselves creatively and build their resumes with the launch of Johns Hopkins University’s youth filmmaking program.

CHRISTMAS EVE: Graveside Commememoration of Mr. Johns Hopkins on 142nd Anniversary of His Death

Johns Hopkins employees, alumni, students and friends will attend the annual Christmas Eve graveside observance honoring the founder of the university and health system, Mr. Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins Rocketeers Launch Their Most Sensitive Instrument Yet

Rocketeers led by Johns Hopkins University astrophysicist Stephan R. McCandliss just launched the most sensitive instrument they’ve ever used to explore outer space, seeking clues to how galaxies grow with the birth of new stars, and how they stop growing.

Research Traces Cause of Organ Dysfunction in Down Syndrome

While most Down syndrome research has focused on the brain, a new report by Johns Hopkins University biologists uncovers how the disorder hampers the rest of the nervous system that plays a key role in health and longevity.

Johns Hopkins Welcomes First Members of the Class of 2020

A record number of high school students applied early decision this fall to the Johns Hopkins University, identifying it as their top choice and committing to attend if admitted. The 1,929 applicants represent a 3 percent increase from last year’s early decision pool, which had already seen a 17 percent increase from the prior year.

Johns Hopkins Leads U.S. Universities in Research Spending a 36th Time

The Johns Hopkins University led U.S. higher education in research and development for the 36th straight year, spending a record $2.242 billion in fiscal 2014 to expand scientific knowledge, find cures for disease, promote health and advance technology.

Five Johns Hopkins Engineering Doctoral Students Honored as 2016 Siebel Scholars

Five Johns Hopkins graduate students, recently named to the 2016 class of Siebel Scholars, are each pursuing bioengineering projects that could lead to important new diagnostic and treatment advances in healthcare. The merit-based Siebel program has recognized their research skills, academic achievements and leadership qualities by providing $35,000 to each of the five PhD candidates for use in his or her final year of graduate studies.

Johns Hopkins Researchers’ Career-Long Study Wins Top Education Prize

Three Johns Hopkins University researchers whose 2014 book traced the lives of nearly 800 Baltimore City public school students for a quarter of a century have won the prestigious $100,000 Grawemeyer Award in Education.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Mousetraps, Rubber Bands and Bowling Balls Will Provide Power in Student Contest

Forty-four Johns Hopkins freshmen from an introductory mechanical engineering course will compete. Teams of two or three students have each built devices that are designed to roll across the Shriver Hall stage and then launch a small projectile over a dozen rows of seats before landing in Row M.

Why Some People Would Pay for a Drug They Probably Won’t Ever Need

A sick person is obviously willing to pay for a good medical treatment, but a Johns Hopkins University economist and his collaborators finds healthy people are potentially a much broader, if largely overlooked, market for medical innovations.

University Leaders Announce Details of Faculty Diversity Initiative

Johns Hopkins University Provost Robert C. Lieberman and the deans of the university’s schools sent a message today to the university’s students, faculty and staff announcing a new Faculty Diversity Initiative at Johns Hopkins. This is the text of that message.

Scientists Get First Glimpse of Black Hole Eating Star, Ejecting High-Speed Flare

An international team of astrophysicists led by a Johns Hopkins University scientist has for the first time witnessed a black hole swallowing a star and ejecting a flare of matter moving at nearly the speed of light.

Rapid Plankton Growth in Ocean Seen as Sign of Carbon Dioxide Loading

A microscopic marine alga is thriving in the North Atlantic to an extent that defies scientific predictions, suggesting swift environmental change as a result of rising carbon dioxide in the ocean, a study led a by Johns Hopkins University scientist has found.

Statement from President Daniels on Diversity at Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels sent a message to the university community on Friday, Nov. 13, concerning protests at colleges and universities across the country and issues of race, diversity and inclusion at Johns Hopkins. This is the text of the message.

Baltimore Welcomes 1st Pre-K-8th Engineering-Oriented School

The Johns Hopkins University and Baltimore City Schools have partnered to create the city’s first pre-K-8th grade school dedicated to giving students a foundation in engineering and computer skills.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Baltimore to Welcome 1st Engineering-Oriented School

The Johns Hopkins University and Baltimore City Schools have partnered to create the city’s first pre-K-8th grade school dedicated to giving students a foundation in engineering and computer skills.

Diamonds May Not Be So Rare As Once Thought

Diamonds may not be as rare as once believed, but this finding in a new Johns Hopkins University research report won’t mean deep discounts at local jewelry stores.

JHU Policy Institute to Discuss Maryland Statewide Test Results

The Johns Hopkins University School of Education and area educators will hold a forum next month to discuss Baltimore and Maryland results on the new Partnership for Assessments for College and Careers (PARCC) high school assessment test.

Johns Hopkins Solves a Longtime Puzzle of How We Learn

More than a century ago Pavlov figured out that dogs fed after hearing a bell eventually began to salivate when they heard the ring. A Johns Hopkins University-led research team has now figured out a key aspect of why.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins Club to Dedicate Room to University’s Nobel Laureates

The Johns Hopkins Club is opening its new Nobel Room, dedicated to the 36 Johns Hopkins university faculty members, graduates and other affiliates who have won Nobel Prizes.

Tiny Dancers: Can Ballet Bugs Help Us Build Better Robots?

When it’s time to design new robots, sometimes the best inspiration can come from Mother Nature. Take, for example, her creepy, but incredibly athletic spider crickets. Johns Hopkins engineering students and their professor have spent more than eight months unraveling the hopping skills, airborne antics and safe-landing patterns of these pesky insects that commonly lurk in the dark corners of damp basements.

JHU Opens Major Exhibition Celebrating Author John Barth

The Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries’ new exhibition on John Barth offers visitors a kind of funhouse experience devoted to exploring the author’s life and legacy.