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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 Launches Pandemic Data Initiative to Spotlight COVID-19 Data Problems

The Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center on May 17 is launching the Pandemic Data Initiative as a new resource to spotlight systemic deficiencies in the collecting and reporting of pandemic data, to examine how those challenges hinder COVID-19 responses, and to explore possible solutions to improve public data.

Mike Bloomberg to Give Johns Hopkins University Commencement Address

Entrepreneur, philanthropist, three-term mayor of New York City, and Johns Hopkins University graduate Michael R. Bloomberg will return to campus to address the Class of 2021 at commencement on May 27 at Homewood Field.

Bug Appetit: Why Eating Cicadas is Good for the Environment

Trillions of cicadas are poised to get their buzz on across much of the United States, with the once-every-17-year emergence of Brood X. Hope you’re hungry!

One person’s infestation is another’s free eco-friendly lunch, according to Johns Hopkins University sustainable food expert Jessica Fanzo, author of the forthcoming Can Fixing Dinner Fix the Planet?

Fanzo, who plans to collect and eat cicadas herself as soon as they hit her own backyard, can explain how the insects have as much protein as red or other factory-farmed meat, but without the harsh environmental effects, including greenhouse gases and biodiversity loss.

Johns Hopkins Expert Available to Discuss Gas Shortage Panic Buying

As a worsening gas shortage across much of the Eastern United States causes a surge in panic buying, a Johns Hopkins University economist who has researched stockpiling mentality, can discuss the consumer behavior in play.

Johns Hopkins Expert Available to Discuss Violence in Gaza

With fighting between Palestinian militants and the Israeli military escalating, a Johns Hopkins political scientist can offer perspective on the causes of the most recent violence and the potential for full-fledged war.

Johns Hopkins Economist Available to Discuss Rising Consumer Costs

With consumer prices in the United States climbing to levels not seen since the recession, a Johns Hopkins University economist is available to offer perspective on possible causes and whether or not this signals inflation, or pandemic recovery.

Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg Philanthropies Announce the Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative, a $150 Million Effort to Fuel Diversity in STEM Fields

Today, Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the launch of the Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative devoted to addressing historic underrepresentation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, and preparing a new, more diverse generation of researchers and scholars to assume leadership roles in tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges. The $150 million effort funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies will be endowed to create additional pathways for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to pursue and receive PhDs in STEM fields.

Teens Can Get Vaccinated: Johns Hopkins Experts Available on What This Means for Schools

People as young as 12 can now get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, as early as this week, now that the  Food and Drug Administration authorized the use. Experts with Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, which has been studying the complex question of what it will take for the nation to safely return students to school, are available for perspective and commentary.

Johns Hopkins Cybersecurity Expert Available on Colonial Pipeline Attack

As officials struggle to reopen a major U.S. fuel pipeline hit by a ransomware attack on Friday, a Johns Hopkins cybersecurity expert is available to offer perspective, particularly about the vulnerability of crucial systems to such attacks.

Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System to Adopt $15 Minimum Wage

Today, Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System announced an important step to support the economic wellbeing of employees by adopting an enterprise-wide $15 minimum wage. The change will take effect in line with annual pay increases on July 1, 2021 for university employees and January 1, 2022 for employees of the health system.

Johns Hopkins Scientists Model Saturn’s Interior

New Johns Hopkins University simulations offer an intriguing look into Saturn’s interior, suggesting that a thick layer of helium rain influences the planet’s magnetic field.

Johns Hopkins Theoretical Physicist Shares 2021 Gruber Cosmology Prize

Johns Hopkins University theoretical physicist Marc Kamionkowski is one of three physicists to be awarded the 2021 Gruber Cosmology Prize for their contributions to methods essential for studying the early universe.

Advisory: Johns Hopkins Expert Can Offer Perspective on India’s COVID-19 Crisis

With COVID-19 cases and deaths surging in India, a Johns Hopkins University expert is available to offer context and perspective on the crisis. Michael Levien: A sociologist specializing in India, Levien can discuss what he considers the Indian government’s mishandling of the crisis, as well as the background developmental conditions that are exacerbating the problem.

Preview Latest in Science, Research During Hopkins on the Hill Event

Federal funding sustains much of the critical research underway at Johns Hopkins University and Medicine. The biennial event, Hopkins on the Hill, showcases the range, value, and impact of this work.

Instead of the usual one big event on Capitol Hill, Hopkins on the Hill is virtual this year, with lunchtime programming spread across May and June. It’s a chance to learn about the cutting-edge science and projects, straight from the early career researchers and practitioners working on it. The sessions will cover everything from space exploration and extreme materials development to Hopkins’ work to track and combat COVID-19.

Jeanne-Marie Jackson Awarded Andrew Carnegie Fellowship

Jeanne-Marie Jackson, an associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the English Department at Johns Hopkins University, is among 26 scholars to be named to the Andrew Carnegie Fellows class of 2021 by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Advisory: Johns Hopkins Early Education Experts Can Offer Perspective on Biden’s Free Preschool Plan

As part of his American Families Plan President Biden is expected today to call for free preschool for all three and four-year-old children. Johns Hopkins University experts who specialize in early education, including some who helped advise Biden’s plan, are available to offer context, commentary and perspective.

What Spurs People to Save the Planet? Stories or Facts?

With climate change looming, what must people hear to convince them to change their ways to stop harming the environment? A new Johns Hopkins University study finds stories to be significantly more motivating than scientific facts— at least for some people.

Johns Hopkins selects Laurent Heller as next senior vice president for finance and administration

Laurent Heller has been selected from a highly competitive national search as Johns Hopkins University’s next senior vice president for finance and administration. Heller brings to the role extensive experience in budget and financial management, higher education strategy, and business operations at leading universities.

Johns Hopkins Launches Institute Focused on Creating Clean, Renewable Energy Technologies

With a $20 million gift from the estate of trustee emeritus and alumnus Ralph S. O’Connor, the Johns Hopkins University and its Whiting School of Engineering today announced the establishment of the Ralph S. O’Connor Sustainable Energy Institute (ROSEI) to serve as the university’s interdisciplinary home for ongoing research and education aimed at creating clean, renewable, and sustainable energy technologies.

Racial Inequality Expert Available to Offer Perspective on Chauvin Trial

As a jury in Minneapolis begins to deliberate in the trial of white police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with the murder in May death of George Floyd, who is black, a Johns Hopkins University expert in racial inequality, particularly in the realm of policing, is available to offer perspective.

Johns Hopkins Experts Available to Discuss CDC, FDA Suspension of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Federal health agencies have asked for a temporary distribution suspension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after instances of blood clots linked to the shots. The decision is expected to halt or limit U.S. rollout of the vaccine, and Johns Hopkins University experts can offer perspective and commentary on the news.

Johns Hopkins Expert Available to Discuss Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Factory Error

A Johns Hopkins University health care expert is available to offer perspective on the news that a mistake at a Johnson & Johnson factory producing the COVID-19 vaccine resulted in the loss of millions of doses.

Mimes Help Us ‘See’ Objects That Don’t Exist

When we watch a mime seemingly pull rope, climb steps or try to escape that infernal box, we don’t struggle to recognize the implied objects — our minds automatically “see” them, a new study concludes.

To explore how the mind processes the objects mimes seem to interact with, Johns Hopkins University cognitive scientists brought the art of miming into the lab, concluding that invisible, implied surfaces are represented rapidly and automatically. The work appears today in the journal Psychological Science.

New Global Tracker to Measure Pandemic’s Impact on Education Worldwide

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted education for 1.6 billion children worldwide over the past year. To help measure the ongoing global response, Johns Hopkins University, the World Bank, and UNICEF have partnered to create a COVID-19 – Global Education Recovery Tracker. 

Launched today, the tool assists countries’ decision-making by tracking reopening and recovery planning efforts in more than 200 countries and territories.

Repeating a Grade? Johns Hopkins Expert Available on Best Ways to Make Up Pandemic Learning Loss

Schools, teachers and parents nationwide are now grappling with how best to help students who might have fallen behind after more than a year of interrupted learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In some districts, parents are being asked to consider holding children back a grade.

David Steiner, director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy, is available to discuss how schools can help students make up for these missed months of education, and, how retention might not be the best solution.