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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: As Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Disaster Approaches, Johns Hopkins Engineer Available to Discuss Oil Spill Research

April 20, 2014, will mark the four-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, a Gulf of Mexico rig explosion that killed 11 workers and led to the nation’s worst offshore oil spill. Reporters writing an update on this event may wish to interview David Murphy, who is studying oil spills in a Whiting School of Engineering lab at Johns Hopkins.

Media Advisory: 34 Baltimore City School Teams to Compete Saturday, April 5, in Robotics Contest at Johns Hopkins

On Saturday, April 5, in the Newton White Athletic Center on The Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, more than 100 middle and high school students from Baltimore City Public Schools will compete in the Hopkins Robotics Cup, the Baltimore City VEX Robotics Championship competition. The event is being hosted by the Center for Educational Outreach at Johns Hopkins’ Whiting School of Engineering, in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools. The Center’s mission is to increase the number of youth who pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and careers, particularly women and underrepresented minorities.

MEDIA ADVISORY: State Finals for Maryland Science Olympiad to Be Held Saturday, March 29, at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Campus

More than 750 Maryland middle and high school students are expected to participate in the Maryland Science Olympiad state finals. The event is being hosted by the Center for Educational Outreach at Johns Hopkins’ Whiting School of Engineering, in partnership with Maryland Science Olympiad. The Center’s mission is to increase the number of youth who pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and careers, particularly women and underrepresented minorities.

Three Johns Hopkins Researchers Selected for Sloan Research Fellowship

A theoretical physicist, a computer scientist and a solid-state chemist at the Johns Hopkins University are 2014 recipients of the Sloan Research Fellowship, given annually to young scientists showing promise in their research areas.

Johns Hopkins Selects Early Decision Students from Record Applicant Pool

The Johns Hopkins University is offering early admission to 526 students from 39 U.S. states and 24 countries into its Class of 2018. The university chose them from a record 1,595 early decision applicants — up 11 percent over last year.

Schlesinger Named Engineering Dean at Johns Hopkins

T.E. Schlesinger, a distinguished engineering researcher, teacher and veteran leader of one of the top academic departments in his field, has been appointed dean of the Whiting School of Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Future Engineers Use Their Noodles to Build Bridges from Spaghetti

About 115 high school students will compete in the annual Spaghetti Bridge Contest, marking the culmination of a four-week summer course called Engineering Innovation. Using only dry spaghetti and epoxy, the students have designed and built bridges that the contest will test.

Future Engineers Use Their Noodles to Build Bridges from Spaghetti

It’s suspenseful and nervewracking as students who’ve spent days designing and building bridges put their brittle creations to the test, gradually adding weight, kilo by kilo. Prizes and bragging rights go to the bridges that support the most weight – the record stands at 132 pounds. The event caps the university’s Engineering Innovation summer program for young people likely to become the next generation of scientists and engineers.

New Campus Accelerator Aims to Turn High-Tech Ideas into Businesses

The Johns Hopkins University is set to unveil FastForward, a groundbreaking business accelerator that promises to spark cutting-edge technology companies and then keep them in the city to bolster the local economy. The university’s Whiting School of Engineering launched FastForward to help turn the best ideas born on campus into moneymaking ventures. The university’s first accelerator is located in the historic Stieff Silver building on the north side of Baltimore near the Homewood campus.

Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins FastForward Accelerator Grand Opening Set

The Johns Hopkins University is set to unveil FastForward, a groundbreaking business accelerator that promises to spark cutting-edge technology companies and then keep them in the city to bolster the local economy. The university’s Whiting School of Engineering launched FastForward to help turn the best ideas born on campus into moneymaking ventures. Four fledgling companies have already moved into the building.

Media Advisory: 36 Baltimore City School Teams to Compete in Robotics Contest at Johns Hopkins

More than 100 Baltimore City Public middle and high school students will compete in the Hopkins Robotics Cup, the first Baltimore City VEX Robotics Championship, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, in the Newton White Athletic Center on The Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus.

By the Numbers: A Lecture Explaining the Mathematical Side of Sudoku

Sudoku has become a worldwide craze, with everyone from middle school students to grandmothers sitting down with sharpened pencil and a puzzle several times a week. Many of the newspapers and magazines that publish Sudoku assure readers that the puzzles have nothing to do with mathematics. But that is simply not true, according to a James Madison University mathematics professor who is coming to Johns Hopkins University in early March to deliver a lecture on that topic.

Johns Hopkins senior Tiras Lin wins Churchill Scholarship

Tiras Lin, a Johns Hopkins University senior from San Rafael, Calif., has been selected as a Churchill Scholar by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States.

Johns Hopkins Mathematicians Named Inaugural American Mathematical Society Fellows

Ten Johns Hopkins University mathematicians have been named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society for 2013, the program’s first year. The designation recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics.

Helping the song remain the same: New insights about timbre could improve hearing prosthetics

By advancing our understanding of how the brain is able to recognize musical sounds, engineers at The Johns Hopkins University could help the makers of hearing aids and cochlear implants do a better job filling the sounds of silence.

Johns Hopkins Receives $7.4 Million Grant to Boost STEM Education in Baltimore City

Supported by a five-year $7.4 million National Science Foundation grant, experts at The Johns Hopkins University are partnering with teachers and administrators in Baltimore City Public Schools on a program to enhance teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and math in city elementary schools by making STEM a community affair. The program, called STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools – SABES for short — not only will benefit more than 1,600 students in grades three through five in nine city elementary schools, but could also become a national model for science, technology, engineering and math education.

Johns Hopkins and MICA Team Up to Create Retro Lab Safety Posters

Remember those eye-popping posters with the neon colors and bold type that promoted 1960s and 1970s concerts of such music greats as James Brown, Etta James, B.B. King and Otis Redding? Well, they’re back, this time to educate students about the importance of safety when working in research laboratories.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Engineering experts available to discuss Tropical Storm Isaac

Three engineering experts at Johns Hopkins University can talk about how the storm could cause coastal damage and power outages, and affect hospital functionality.

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

On Friday, July 27, about 120 high school students, grouped in teams of three or four, will compete at the Homewood campus in the annual Spaghetti Bridge Contest, marking the culmination of a four-week summer course called Engineering Innovation. Using only uncooked spaghetti and epoxy, the students have constructed bridges that they will test in the contest. More weight will be added to each structure until the pasta bridge breaks. Prizes will be awarded to the teams whose bridges hold the most weight.

McIntosh Named Dean of Academic Services at Johns Hopkins

Joshua G. McIntosh, an experienced administrator who has devoted his career to enriching all aspects of university student life, has been named Dean of Academic Services at The Johns Hopkins University. McIntosh, currently associate dean at Harvard University’s Harvard College, will join Johns Hopkins in the newly created post on August 6.

MEDIA ADVISORY – Breaking Ground: Malone Hall to House New Research Institutes at Johns Hopkins

On Wednesday, May 23, the university’s Whiting School of Engineering will break ground for Malone Hall, a state-of-the-art, 69,000-square-foot research center named in honor of John C. Malone, a pioneer in the communications and media industries.

Johns Hopkins University Offers New Minor in Space Science and Engineering

Students dreaming of careers searching for life on other planets or monitoring global climate change remotely from satellites will be interested in a new interdisciplinary minor being offered at The Johns Hopkins University. Accessed through the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering, the new space science and engineering minor is designed to prepare students to enter careers in the aerospace industry or professional laboratories, or to enter graduate programs.

Time for a Change? Johns Hopkins Scholars Say Calendar Needs Serious Overhaul

Researchers at The Johns Hopkins University have discovered a way to make time stand still — at least when it comes to the yearly calendar. Using computer programs and mathematical formulas, Richard Conn Henry, an astrophysicist in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Steve H. Hanke, an applied economist in the Whiting School of Engineering, have created a new calendar in which each new 12-month period is identical to the one which came before, and remains that way from one year to the next in perpetuity.

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.

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.

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