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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.

 

ADVISORY: New Indigenous People’s Day at JHU Re-imagines Columbus Day

Indigenous Peoples Day is a new tradition at Johns Hopkins University that celebrates a vital population in our community. A reimagining of Columbus Day, the event will honor the rich heritage of Indigenous communities with a Pow-Wow featuring singing, drummers, dancing, and tastings of tribal cuisine.

Buttons and Flies Help Hopkins Solve Longtime DNA Mystery

Biologists at Johns Hopkins University have uncovered an important clue in the longtime mystery of how long strands of DNA fold up to squeeze into microscopic cells, with each pair of chromosomes aligned to ensure perfect development.

SNF Agora Institute Unveils Plans for New Project in Baltimore Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University has unveiled plans for the Institute’s home in Baltimore, designed by world-renowned architecture firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The new structure on the Homewood campus promises to represent the mission and values of the Institute as well as the creativity and vibrancy of the university and the city.

JHU: How Some Older Brains Decline Before People Realize It

Some older adults without noticeable cognitive problems have a harder time than younger people in separating irrelevant information from what they need to know at a given time, and a new Johns Hopkins University study could explain why.

Local Civic Leader Alicia Wilson to Join Johns Hopkins as Vice President for Economic Development

Alicia Wilson, an accomplished attorney and civic leader with deep expertise in creating local economic opportunity, has been appointed vice president for economic development for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System. She will lead the newly-created Office of Economic Development when she joins the organization in July.

Johns Hopkins Announces Major Solar Power Commitment

In the largest commitment to solar energy in Maryland and one of the most significant pledges to greenhouse gas reduction in higher education, Johns Hopkins University has entered into a long-term agreement to supply its campuses with more than 250,000 megawatt hours of solar power per year.

Mikulski statement on the death of Michael E. Busch

Retired U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), who is now a professor of public policy at Johns Hopkins University, today issues the following statement remembering Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch:

JHU’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute Announces Inaugural Director

A political scientist who dedicated her career to understanding civic and political participation will now work to advance them as inaugural director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University. She starts July 1.

At JHU, Students Can Now Swap Old-Fashioned Campus IDs for iPhone

Johns Hopkins University students will no longer need a campus identification card to get into their dorms, pay for pizza or do laundry. Starting this week, a flash of their iPhone or Apple Watch will handle all of that and more as the university becomes the fifth in the country to offer students the option to add their campus ID to Apple Wallet.

Atlantic Editor-in-Chief to Give Commencement Address

Journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, will speak at the Johns Hopkins University’s commencement ceremony on Thursday May 23.

JHU Mind Games: Researchers Get Humans to Think Like Computers

Computers, like those that power self-driving cars, can be tricked into mistaking random scribbles for trains, fences and even school busses. People aren’t supposed to be able to see how those images trip up computers but in a new study, Johns Hopkins University researchers show most people actually can.

Politicians, Journalists, Scholars Meet in Baltimore to Discuss State of Democracy

Can liberal democracy endure? Reawakening the Spirit of Democracy will address this question head-on. Co-hosted by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University and the Renew Democracy Initiative, this conference will convene global thought leaders from across the political spectrum who will debate threats to democracy and propose strategies to reinvigorate it.

Extreme Makeover: Blue Jay Edition

The Johns Hopkins Blue Jay mascot debuted a new look during a dramatic reveal today at halftime of the men’s lacrosse home opener. With a nod to Hopkins’ excellence in the fields of science and health, “Jay’s” makeover reflects his efforts to improve his personal fitness while also exhibiting more scientifically and anatomically correct attributes for his species.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins to Unveil New, Improved Blue Jay Mascot

The Johns Hopkins University’s Blue Jay mascot will debut a new look during a dramatic reveal Saturday at halftime of the men’s lacrosse home opener. With a nod to Hopkins’ excellence in the fields of science and health, “Jay’s” makeover reflects his efforts to improve his personal fitness while also exhibiting more scientifically and anatomically correct attributes for his species.

Dangerous School Commutes Lead to Student Absenteeism

The more crime that occurs along a student’s way to school, the higher the likelihood that student will be absent, Johns Hopkins University researchers found.

Longtime Federal Policy Expert Joins JHU

Cybele Bjorklund, a longtime federal health policy leader, has been appointed vice president for federal strategy, a new position for Johns Hopkins University and Medicine. She joins the university March 1 and will be based in Washington, D.C.

Foreign Affairs Symposium Features Grassroots Activists

A diverse array of activists is slated to visit Johns Hopkins University this semester as part of the annual student-run Foreign Affairs Symposium. This year’s theme is “Disrupt.”

JHU Scientists Find New Science Instrument on Mars Curiosity Rover

The Curiosity Rover may have been ambling around the Gale Crater on Mars for nearly seven years but a group at Johns Hopkins University has just found a way to use it for something new: making the first surface gravity measurements on a planet other than Earth.

Johns Hopkins University to Acquire 555 Pennsylvania Ave., Create a Consolidated “Hopkins D.C.” Facility

The Johns Hopkins University’s statement regarding the agreement reached between the university and the Freedom Forum, the creator and principal funder of the Newseum.

Divided Nation, United States: Navigating Today’s Partisan Waters

The Johns Hopkins University Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute will sponsor a PBS NewsHour event Divided Nation, United States, to try to uncover how these governors work with their legislatures, relate to their constituents, and define success.

Johns Hopkins Welcomes First Members of Class of 2023

A diverse and talented group of 641 high school students who applied for early admission to Johns Hopkins University were offered admission today, making them the first members of the undergraduate Class of 2023.

JHU Survey: Americans Don’t Know Much About State Government

Americans trust their state governments to handle issues as important as education and health care and pay them more than a trillion dollars in taxes annually, yet we know very little about these institutions, a new Johns Hopkins University survey finds.

Advisory: Mikulski Statement on the Death of George H.W. Bush

Retired U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., a Homewood Professor at Johns Hopkins University, today issued the following statement on the passing of former President George H.W. Bush.

Insight Into Swimming Fish Could Lead to Robotics Advances

The constant movement of fish that seems random is actually precisely deployed to provide them at any moment with the best sensory feedback they need any to navigate the world, Johns Hopkins University researchers found.

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG MAKES LARGEST EVER CONTRIBUTION TO ANY EDUCATION INSTITUTION IN THE UNITED STATES

Michael R. Bloomberg and Johns Hopkins University announced an unprecedented $1.8 billion philanthropic commitment, representing the largest ever contribution to an academic institution in American history. The historic gift will be devoted exclusively to undergraduate financial aid at one of the world’s leading education, research and patient care institutions, allowing Johns Hopkins University to permanently commit to need-blind admissions and ensure unparalleled educational opportunities for the next generation of global leaders.