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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.

 

Johns Hopkins Announces Fall Speaker Series

An adventurer, the on-screen son of a meth dealer and a former North Korean detainee are among the speakers who will visit Johns Hopkins University this fall as part of the annual MSE Symposium.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Move-in Day for Class of 2018

A flying trapeze artist. The winner of Delaware’s Young Playwrights Festival three years running. A competitor on “The Biggest Loser” who’s now dedicated to fighting obesity. The creator of an app for cancer patients. A professional skateboarder who writes a food blog. The teacher of a free robotics course for special needs students.

These dynamic students are among Johns Hopkins University’s incoming freshman class who will be moving onto campus this week.

Most Millennial Moms Who Skip College Also Skip Marriage

Waiting until marriage to have babies is now “unusual” among less educated adults close to 30 years old, Johns Hopkins University researchers found.

Affordable Housing Linked to Children’s Intellectual Ability

It’s long been accepted – with little science to back it up – that people should spend roughly a third of their income on housing. It turns out, that’s about how much a low-income family should spend to optimize their children’s brainpower.

How the ‘Long Shadow’ of an Inner City Childhood Affects Adult Success

In a ground-breaking study, Johns Hopkins University researchers followed nearly 800 Baltimore school children for a quarter of a century, and discovered that their fates were substantially determined by the family they were born into.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins Commencement May 22

About 1,500 students will claim their degrees at the commencement ceremony for all of Johns Hopkins University’s divisions and campuses. Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, will be the featured speaker.

Johns Hopkins Students Win Fulbrights

Eleven Johns Hopkins University students and recent graduates will have the opportunity to travel abroad to such places as Germany, Malaysia and Peru to study, teach and conduct research as recipients of the 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar Program.

Johns Hopkins Commencement Set For May 22

About 1,500 students will claim their degrees Thursday, May 22, at the commencement ceremony for all of Johns Hopkins University’s divisions and campuses.

U.S. Welfare Spending Up — But Help for the Neediest Down

Although the United States is spending more on welfare than ever before, most of that money is going to better-off families rather than the very poorest. That means in 2014, a family of four earning $11,925 a year likely got less aid than a same-sized family earning $47,700.

Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins, Morgan State Forge Major Engineering Partnership

Program will send Morgan State University students to labs all over the world April 29, 2014 Johns Hopkins MEDIA CONTACT: Jill Rosen Office: 443-997-9906 Cell: 443-547-8805 jrosen@jhu.edu Morgan State MEDIA CONTACT: Jarrett Carter Office: 443-885-3022 Cell: 410-807-6474 jarrett.carter@morgan.edu WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 2. WHERE: The Center for the Built Environment and [...]

MEDIA ADVISORY: Spring Fair, Pedestrian Safety Event

April 22, 2014 CONTACT: Jill Rosen Office: 443-997-9906 Cell: 443-547-8805 jrosen@jhu.edu What: Spring Fair 2014, a free festival, open to the public, featuring fun for children and adults. There will be 70 craft vendors, a food court, live music (including headline artist J. Cole) and a beer garden. For children there will be games, a [...]

Johns Hopkins Announces 2014 Honorary Degree Recipients

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author and the woman and her lawyer who took the fight for marriage rights to the Supreme Court are among seven distinguished achievers who will receive Johns Hopkins University honorary degrees this year.

Meaning Of ‘The American Dream’ Different For Minorities, Whites

In a report published in the new issue of the journal Urban Studies, Johns Hopkins University sociologist Meredith Greif found that while homeownership can spark feelings of pride in people of any race, it’s more meaningful for minorities. But, because blacks and Latinos buy more homes in disadvantaged communities and are less likely to able to move, they ultimately tend to feel dissatisfied with their community — and potentially their purchase.

Walter White’s Biggest Crime: He’s A Bad Teacher

Walter White of “Breaking Bad” sneaks, lies and manipulates – to say nothing of dealing drugs and killing people. But his biggest crime, a Johns Hopkins University professor says, is being a really, really bad teacher. Political scientist Samuel Chambers makes a case in the spring issue of the journal Theory & Event that the true teaching talent on “Breaking Bad,” the one who could inspire and mentor the student, young Jesse Pinkman, was sociopath drug kingpin Gustavo Fring.

YouTube Boss To Deliver Johns Hopkins Commencement Address

Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, will address graduates of Johns Hopkins University at commencement on May 22, 2014. Named one of Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” and one of Vanity Fair’s 50 “leading innovators [that] shake the foundations of their industries,” Wojcicki became head of the video-sharing powerhouse earlier this year.

Escaping Poor Neighborhoods Can Change A Parent’s Expectations

Despite evidence that people don’t leave impoverished, segregated areas even when offered large housing subsidies, a well-structured voucher program can help inner city residents feel comfortable enough in a more affluent area to want to stay, researchers found.

Music Pioneer Thomas Dolby Becomes Johns Hopkins Professor

Dolby will also be artistic director of a film center Johns Hopkins is launching along with the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Maryland Film Festival in Station North, Baltimore’s nascent arts and entertainment district. The center will be a key facet of Johns Hopkins’ efforts to revitalize that neighborhood, which is located between the main campus and downtown Baltimore.

Johns Hopkins Names First Bloomberg Distinguished Professors

Johns Hopkins University has named two of its Nobel Prize- winning biologists and a prominent Harvard University sociologist as Bloomberg Distinguished Professors, the first members of a new group of scholars created to foster collaboration across the institution’s many divisions and help address major world problems.

Oui, 5th Tournées Festival of French Cinema Set for Johns Hopkins

The screenings are all free and open to the public. All films are in French with English subtitles. The movies include a physical comedy, thrillers, a behind-the-scenes documentary on a fabled restaurant and Leos Carax’s art-house favorite Holy Motors.

Satiric Artist Steve Brodner to Speak at Johns Hopkins

For over 25 years, Brodner’s satiric illustrations and editorial cartoons have appeared in nearly every major American periodical, including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Fortune, Mother Jones, The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Henderson-Hopkins School Ribbon Cutting

An opportunity for media to visit and tour Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School, the first new public school building in East Baltimore in more than 20 years.

The Onion, O’Malley headline Johns Hopkins Foreign Affairs Symposium Series

Gov. Martin O’Malley and writers from the satirical news organization The Onion will appear at Johns Hopkins University as part of the 2014 Foreign Affairs Symposium.

Johns Hopkins Finds With Super Bowl Commercials, Storytelling Beats Sex

They say sex sells, but when it comes to Super Bowl commercials, a Johns Hopkins researcher begs to differ. It’s all about the storytelling, found Keith A. Quesenberry, a lecturer in the university’s Center for Leadership Education.

Spring 2014 Events for Johns Hopkins University Museums

February – May 2014 Exhibition and programming highlights at the Johns Hopkins University museums.

Johns Hopkins Senior Wins Churchill Scholarship

Malinda McPherson, a Johns Hopkins University senior from Belmont, Mass., has won a scholarship from the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States. The Churchill Scholarship is awarded annually to at least 14 students who have demonstrated a capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering or mathematics by completing original, creative work at an advanced level.

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