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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 University Launches East Baltimore COVID-19 Food Access Initiative to Feed 2,000 Families in Need

The Johns Hopkins University has launched the East Baltimore COVID-19 Food Access Initiative, a partnership between JHU, Saval Foodservice, Hungry Harvest, and 16 faith based and community organizations to provide emergency food assistance to families impacted by COVID-19.

Johns Hopkins Expands Research Into Eliminating Stockpiles of Weapons of Mass Destruction

The U.S. Department of Defense has selected Johns Hopkins University to lead an alliance of major research institutions to understand, predict, and control the behavior of materials in extreme conditions caused by weapons of mass destruction.

Researchers Find ‘Major Transformation’ In Global Climate Policy Ideas

The economic ideas that dominate global climate policy have undergone a “major transformation” over the past three decades from strictly market-based notions to recent diversified approaches featuring more government intervention, according to new research published in Nature Climate Change by a Johns Hopkins University political scientist.

ADVISORY: Expert Available to Discuss Minor League Baseball Realignment Plan

A computer scientist at Johns Hopkins University is available to discuss the study that he and his students have completed that analyzes Major League Baseball’s plan to realign Minor League Baseball by eliminating several small-town teams across the United States and re-shuffling remaining squads into new leagues.

Under Pressure: New Bioinspired Material Can ‘Shapeshift’ to External Forces

Inspired by how human bone and colorful coral reefs adjust mineral deposits in response to their surrounding environments, Johns Hopkins researchers have created a self-adapting material that can change its stiffness in response to the applied force. This advancement can someday open the doors for materials that can self-reinforce to prepare for increased force or stop further damage.

Lighting the Way to Safer Heart Procedures

In the first study of its kind, Johns Hopkins researchers provide evidence that an alternative imaging technique could someday replace current methods that require potentially harmful radiation.

Sulfur ‘Spices’ Alien Atmospheres

They say variety is the spice of life, and now new discoveries from Johns Hopkins researchers suggest that a certain elemental ‘variety’—sulfur—is indeed a ‘spice’ that can perhaps point to signs of life.

Johns Hopkins Taps Twitter to Measure Success of Social Distancing

By comparing Twitter data from before and after the COVID-19 outbreak, Johns Hopkins University researchers found a profound impact on the movement of Americans – indicating social distancing recommendations are having an effect.

Hopkins Gets FDA OK to Test Blood Therapies for COVID-19 Patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a clinical trial Friday that will allow Johns Hopkins University researchers to test a therapy for COVID-19 that uses plasma from recovering patients.

Johns Hopkins Engineers Developing 3D-printed Ventilator Splitter

In response to a pressing need for more ventilators to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients, a team led by Johns Hopkins University engineers is developing and prototyping a 3D-printed splitter that will allow a single ventilator to treat multiple patients. Though medical professionals have expressed concerns about the safety and effectiveness of sharing ventilators, the team has designed this tool to address those concerns.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins Hosts Virtual Design Challenge to Address COVID-19

More than 2,000 people from 34 countries will compete in a five-day virtual design challenge to find innovative solutions to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams will try to engineer solutions for problems ranging from how to protect front-line healthcare workers and their families to minimizing transmission of the virus to addressing shortages of critical healthcare and medical equipment to ensuring that people have accurate information to help them make informed decisions.

ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins Expert Available to Discuss Use of Robots to Combat COVID-19

In a new Science Robotics editorial published today, experts discuss the potential use of robots to combat COVID-19 by decreasing risks posed to humans, safely resuming halted manufacturing and making teleoperations more efficient. Much of the work required in combatting COVID-19 requires “dull, dirty, and extremely dangerous tasks for human workers but suitable to robots,” the editorial authors say, and they point to potential uses such as disinfecting operating rooms, taking temperatures at ports of entry, delivering medications and more.

Russell (Russ) Taylor, Director of the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics at The Johns Hopkins University, and an author on the editorial, is available to talk about the future of robotics and COVID-19.

ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins University Upgrades COVID-19 Tracking Map With Local U.S. Data

The Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracking map, which has become a vital worldwide resource, is launching an updated dashboard to report coronavirus cases for every city and county in the United States.

ADVISORY: Expert Available to Comment on Effects of Social Distancing and Quarantine Measures on Air Quality

A silver lining of social distancing and quarantine? Better air quality. As more and more cities across the U.S. clamp down on travel, there have been fewer cars on the road and early reports of improved air quality in cities like Los Angeles, Philadelphia and more. Peter DeCarlo, an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University, can discuss how and to what extent social distancing and quarantine measures affect air pollution.

Johns Hopkins University statement on malware disguised as COVID-19 map

Johns Hopkins University has learned about the existence of malware designed to look like the university’s coronavirus tracking map in an effort to steal information from users who visit the fake site.

Johns Hopkins University statement on class status re: COVID-19

Due to the ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, Johns Hopkins University is transitioning to remote instruction for all classroom-based academic programs. To facilitate this transition, we are canceling the next several days of classes. We also are strongly encouraging undergraduate students not to return to campus from spring break next week and to plan to remain home through at least April 12.

ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins University Experts to Brief Capitol Hill on Coronavirus

Johns Hopkins University experts in public health, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness will offer a briefing this Friday for Capitol Hill officials seeking facts and perspective on COVID-19 and the new coronavirus as it spreads worldwide.

More Pavement, More Problems

Think your daily coffee, boutique gym membership and airport lounge access cost a lot? There may be an additional, hidden cost to those luxuries of urban living, says a new Johns Hopkins University study: more flooding.

For every percentage point increase in roads, parking lots and other impervious surfaces that prevent water from flowing into the ground, annual floods increase on average by 3.3%, the researchers found.

Little Tissue, Big Mission: Beating Heart Tissues to Ride Aboard The ISS

Launching no earlier than March 6 at 11:50 PM EST, the Johns Hopkins University will send heart muscle tissues, contained in a specially-designed tissue chip the size of a small cellphone, up to the microgravity environment of the International Space Station (ISS) for one month of observation.

ADVISORY: Experts Available to Discuss Democratic Campaign for President

Two political science professors are available to discuss the Democratic primary contest as voters in 14 Super Tuesday states cast ballots that could either settle which candidate emerges as the favorite to win the nomination or signal a protracted party battle. 

Slithering Snakes on a 2-D Plane

Snakes live in diverse environments ranging from unbearably hot deserts to lush tropical forests, where they slither up trees, rocks and shrubbery every day. By studying how these serpents move, Johns Hopkins engineers have created a snake robot that can nimbly and stably climb large steps.

ADVISORY: Experts Available to Discuss Role of Antibiotic Resistance in Pandemic Risk

Researchers investigating the drug prescription response to a “superbug” enzyme that renders bacteria resistant to antibiotics are available to discuss why such resistance is posing a growing risk during pandemics such as the current coronavirus.

ADVISORY: Experts Available to Discuss Improving Rapid Detection of Pandemics

Scientists developing a rapid system for tackling outbreaks of avian influenza at their origins in Thailand are available to discuss their project and how it could potentially help improve responses to other pandemic threats such as coronavirus.

ADVISORY: JHU Profs Would End Leap Year with New ‘Permanent’ Calendar

This year, 2020, is leap year. And if two Johns Hopkins University professors had their way it would be the last. An economist and an astrophysicist have designed a new, simpler calendar, where the days would align in precisely the same way every year and a person could buy one calendar and use it forever. Every year would begin on Monday, Jan. 1. And of course leap year would be extinct, as would the occasional extra day for February.

ADVISORY: JHU Experts Distill Coronavirus Facts in Web Event

Today a panel of Johns Hopkins University experts convened to offer facts on the outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), originating in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, a virus that is spreading across the globe and has been declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization and the U.S. government.