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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 2018 Grad Named Rhodes Scholar

Vijayasundaram Ramasamy, a public health studies major who graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2018 and led the team drafting the state of Kansas’ COVID-19 reopening plan, has been named a Rhodes Scholar, one of the top awards available to American college students.

TIME Names Coronavirus Resource Center a Top Invention of 2020

TIME named the Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center, a website that has helped the world better understand and track the COVID-19 pandemic, to its list of 2020 Best Inventions, calling it “2020’s Go-To Data Source.”

Johns Hopkins Announces New COVID-19 Bi-Weekly Briefings

With the pandemic surging to record levels in the United States, Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center will launch bi-weekly webcast briefings featuring updates and insights from the university’s top COVID-19 experts beginning this Friday, November 20.

ADVISORY: New Tool Offers County-Level Insight Into COVID-19 Impact

The Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center has launched a new tool on its U.S. state tracking pages that provides county-level insight into the effects of COVID-19 through case and testing data measured against key demographic information, including race and poverty level. The Coronavirus Resource Center is the first to publish such a compilation of at the county level.

Dog Training Methods Help JHU Teach Robots to Learn New Tricks

With a training technique commonly used to teach dogs to sit and stay, Johns Hopkins University computer scientists showed a robot how to teach itself several new tricks, including stacking blocks. With the method, the robot, named Spot, was able to learn in days what typically takes a month.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins Hosts Virtual Fireside Chat with Anthony Fauci

A virtual fireside chat with Anthony Fauci will launch the Johns Hopkins University’s Health Policy Forum, a new quarterly series of discussions providing a platform for JHU students, faculty, staff, and alumni to engage in dialogues with Washington leaders around interdisciplinary health policy issues.

Two Johns Hopkins Teams Finalists in Collegiate Inventors Competition

One team has invented a tool that could shave hours from a rhinoplasty. Another has created a sensor that ignores background noise – a device that could improve everything from telemedicine to Zoom calls.

These two Johns Hopkins University teams, a group of undergraduates and a group of graduates, are among the finalists announced today by the Collegiate Inventors Competition, an annual contest founded by the National Inventors Hall of Fame to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship at the collegiate level.

ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins to Distribute 85,000 Face Masks to Baltimore Community

With cases of COVID-19 on the rise in Baltimore and new state mandates for mask use, it’s more critical than ever that people living in the city have access to masks. To help get city residents the protection they need, this week Johns Hopkins University and Medicine will partner with The Door and The Mix Churches to distribute 85,000 reusable masks to more than 50 community groups, neighborhood associations and faith-based institutions.

ADVISORY: Expert Can Discuss Expected Mass Evictions Due to COVID-19 Crisis

Public health experts predict the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic will include the mass evictions of as many as one million people who rent their homes.

The implications of that people potentially becoming homeless, with cities already struggling to contain the spread of the virus, could be devastating, says Johns Hopkins University sociologist Meredith Greif, who an expert in homelessness and housing insecurity.

Johns Hopkins statement re: SEVP lawsuit filed today

Johns Hopkins University filed suit in federal court Friday in an effort to stop a Trump administration rule change that would severely impact nearly 5,000 international students at the university. The decision to abruptly rescind accommodations for online learning during the COVID pandemic is unlawful and fails to consider the many complexities of meeting our educational mission while also protecting the health of our community.

JHU Statement: Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)

Johns Hopkins University is deeply concerned by the guidance issued yesterday regarding the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) for fall 2020 that may affect the vast majority of our international students.  While there are a number of outstanding questions to be resolved regarding this rule and what it means for Johns Hopkins’ students, we take significant issue with this draconian decision that has the potential to permanently and adversely affect the lives of international students.

Seminar Series Starting Friday Aims To Expose, Explain Threats to U.S. Democracy

A group of political science scholars is launching a webinar series on Friday to highlight escalating threats to democracy that have been percolating for decades and boiling over ever since Donald Trump’s election.

Johns Hopkins Expands Resources for Veterans through VetLink Partnership

Today, Johns Hopkins University announced a new partnership with Service to School’s (S2S) VetLink Program, which will expand opportunity and access for highly qualified veterans transitioning to higher education.

ADVISORY: Expert Available on Altered Sense of Time During Pandemic

COVID-19 has affected people differently, yet many feel the pandemic has radically affected their sense of time. For some, time drags. For others it passes much too fast. And almost everyone is having trouble remembering what day it is. Ian Phillips, a Johns Hopkins University professor who studies how humans experience time, is available to discuss what’s causing this common but very disconcerting experience.

Johns Hopkins Releases Comprehensive Report on Digital Contact Tracing to Aid COVID-19 Response

Johns Hopkins University today released a comprehensive report to help government, technology developers, businesses, institutional leaders and the public make responsible decisions around use of digital contact tracing technology (DCTT), including smartphone apps and other tools, to fight COVID-19.

JHU: What We Can’t See Can Help Us Find Things

Anyone who’s ever tried to find something in a hurry knows how helpful it is to think about the lost item’s color, size and shape. But surprisingly, traits of an object that you can’t see also come into play during a search, Johns Hopkins University researchers found.

JHU statement on Title IX amended regulations

Yesterday, the United States Department of Education (DOE) released long-anticipated final amended regulations governing college and university handling of sexual misconduct matters under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities which receive federal financial assistance.

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 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: 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.

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.

ADVISORY: Expert Available to Discuss How Racism, Xenophobia Can Spread in Tandem with Coronavirus

A sociology professor at Johns Hopkins University is available to discuss how the racist and xenophobic treatment of people of Chinese ancestry often escalates during outbreaks of disease such as the current coronavirus that began in China and is spreading worldwide.