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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: Only Mousetraps and Rubber Bands Will Power Student Devices in ‘Cable Car’ Contest

In this competition involving freshman engineers’ inventions, batteries are NOT required – or even allowed. For a class assignment, 67 students from an introductory mechanical engineering course have built aerial vehicles that must move across elevated cables and drop a “payload” onto a bull’s-eye target five feet below. The challenge: these cable cars can possess no motors or batteries. All movement must come from mousetraps and rubber bands.

Five Johns Hopkins Engineering Doctoral Students Named Siebel Scholars

Five Johns Hopkins graduate students who are applying the latest advances in biology and technology to the prevention and treatment of health problems such as cancer and brain disorders, have been named to the 2012 class of Siebel Scholars. The merit-based program provides $35,000 to each student for use in his or her final year of graduate studies.

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals Extends Master’s Program in Environmental Engineering and Science to Students Online

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals (EP), part of the Whiting School of Engineering, has announced that one of its master’s degree programs, Environmental Engineering and Science, is now fully online.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Putting Pasta to the Test — High Schoolers to Compete in Spaghetti Bridge Contest at Johns Hopkins

On Friday, July 29, high school students from Maryland and elsewhere will use their engineering skills to test bridges they’ve constructed using only uncooked spaghetti and epoxy glue. During the event, 25 groups of three to four students will compete to see which bridge can hold the most weight without breaking.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Black Engineers Group to Guide Young Students in Science/Technology Projects

Engineering Day, a free event for students in Baltimore area middle schools, will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. About 30 middle school students will participate in the annual event sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.

MEDIA ADVISORY: So You Think Your Robot Can Dance?

On Saturday, April 16, at the Homewood campus, about 80 Maryland high school and middle school students will enter their small robots in Robo-Challenge 2011, a series of competitive events, including a mechanical dance contest.

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals Appoints New Program Chairs

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals, which offers part-time education for working engineers and scientists through the university’s Whiting School of Engineering, has appointed five new chairs and a vice chair.

Media Advisory: Baltimore City Schools Students to Compete Saturday in Robotics Contest at Johns Hopkins

More than 100 middle and high school students, mainly from Baltimore City Public Schools, will compete Saturday at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood campus in a VEX Robotics qualifying competition, in which student-made devices will score points by placing doughnut-size rings atop posts and by hanging from ladder rungs.

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