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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: Observe the Transit of Venus at Johns Hopkins University Astrophysics Event

The Maryland Space Grant Observatory and Johns Hopkins University are inviting star gazers of every experience level to an event that not only will allow them to view the transit, but also to learn more about it, beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5 at the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy, 3799 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, 21218.

Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins University 9th Annual Physics Fair 2012: Saturday, April 21

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at The Johns Hopkins University is hosting its 9th Annual Physics Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, coinciding with the annual Spring Fair celebration on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Events will take place in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy, located on the north end of the campus near Homewood Field.

Teaching Science in the 21st Century Topic of Resnick Lecture at Johns Hopkins

Nobel Prize winning physicist who is Associate Director in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will deliver the Robert Resnick Lecture at The Johns Hopkins University at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. Carl Wieman, who has conducted extensive research in atomic and laser physics and who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001 for the creation of a new form of matter known as “Bose-Einstein condensation,” will present “Science Education in the 21st Century: Using the Methods of Science to Teach Science” in Schafler Auditorium in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy on the Homewood campus. The event is free and open to the public.

NSF $1.2 Million Grant to Fund Massive Data “Pipeline” at Johns Hopkins

Financed by a $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant, one of the world’s fastest and most advanced scientific computer networks—one capable of transferring in and out of The Johns Hopkins University per day the amount of data equivalent to 80 million file cabinets filled with text—will be built on the university’s Homewood campus, with support from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Crew of Space Shuttle “Endeavour” to Speak at Johns Hopkins

Members of the last crew to fly aboard the Space Shuttle “Endeavour” — the second-to-the-last flight in NASA’s space shuttle program — will discuss their mission to the International Space Station from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, at The Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus. Presented by the Maryland Space Grant Consortium and NASA, the event is free and open to the public. The crew will give a video presentation about the mission and answer questions from the audience in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy’s Schafler Auditorium, on the campus’s north end. Free parking is available in the Muller parking deck on San Martin Drive, adjacent to Bloomberg.

Physics Fair 2011: April 16

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at The Johns Hopkins University is hosting its 8th Annual Physics Fair from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, coinciding with the annual Spring Fair celebration on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Events will take place in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy, located on the north end of the campus near Homewood Field.

Space Switch: Satellite Control Room to Become High-Performance Computing Center

Johns Hopkins researchers are preparing to build a powerful, energy-efficient computing center in a house-sized room that once served as the mission control center for a NASA astrophysics satellite.

An “Invisibility Cloak” Not As Far-Fetched As It Seems, Lecturer Says

A British theoretical physicist doing groundbreaking work in developing “invisibility materials” (a la Harry Potter’s famous invisibility cloak) will deliver the inaugural Robert Resnick Lecture at The Johns Hopkins University at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23. Sir John Pendry of Imperial College London will present “Invisible Cloaks and a Perfect Lens,” in Schafler Auditorium in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy on the Homewood campus. The event is free and open to the public. Call 410-516-7346 for information.

Discoverer of “Magnetricity” to Speak at Johns Hopkins

Steven Bramwell, the University College London physicist who discovered the concept of “magnetricity” will give a lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 5 at The Johns Hopkins University.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Schafler Auditorium in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy on the Homewood campus. The lecture is part of an international conference, “Highly Frustrated Magnetism 2010,” which is being hosted by Johns Hopkins’ Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy from Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 6.

“Hubble Repairman” Becomes Research Professor at Johns Hopkins University

NASA astronaut John Grunsfeld has walked in space eight times and logged more than 800 hours floating in that deep, dark void over the course of five space flights, including three to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Now, he is about to explore a new frontier: The Johns Hopkins University. On July 1, the man nicknamed “the Hubble Repairman” became a research professor in the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. While at Johns Hopkins, Grunsfeld, who is deputy director at the nearby Space Telescope Science Institute, will continue his research in astrophysics and the development of new technology and systems for space astronomy.

Johns Hopkins University to Host Physics Workshop

A public lecture by noted condensed matter physicist and renowned speaker Philip Phillips of the University of Illinois will be the centerpiece of a workshop on “Exotic Insulating States of Matter” to be hosted by The Johns Hopkins University’s Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy Thursday, Jan. 14 through Saturday, Jan. 16 on the Homewood campus. Titled “From the Vulcanization of Rubber, to Quarks and High-Temperature Superconductivity: Physics at Strong Coupling,” the lecture is set for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14 at Schafler Auditorium in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy. It is free and open to the public. Call 410-530-7882 for more information.

Stanford’s Susskind To Give 2009 Brickwedde Lecture

Leonard Susskind, Felix Bloch Professor of Physics at Stanford University, will give the 2009 Ferdinand G. Brickwedde Lecture in Physics at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Johns Hopkins University. Titled “The World as a Hologram,” Susskind’s lecture will take place in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy’s Schafler Auditorium on the university’s Homewood campus. It is free and open to the public.

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