Hub Headlines from the Johns Hopkins news network Hub Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:28:00 -0400 Men's lacrosse: Johns Hopkins claims Big Ten title with victory vs. No. 3 Maryland <p>Junior Ryan Brown scored eight goals Saturday night as <a href="">the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team captured the Big Ten Conference regular-season title</a> with a 15-12 win against rival Maryland in front of an announced crowd of 9,343 in College Park, Maryland.</p> <p>With the win, the Blue Jays (7-6, 4-1 Big Ten) earned the No. 1 seed in <a href="">the inaugural Big Ten tournament</a>, which begins Thursday at Maryland's Byrd Stadium. JHU will face No. 4 seed Penn State in one semifinal; second-seeded Maryland takes on Ohio State in the other semifinal, with the winners squaring off Saturday at 8 p.m.</p> <p>In the 112th meeting between the two schools, Hopkins shook off a slow start that saw it fall behind 4-1 to defeat the Terps for the third consecutive season and for the 13th time in the past 18 meetings.</p> <p>John Crawley started the Hopkins rally with a goal at the 7:57 mark of the first quarter to cut Maryland's lead to 4-2, and Joel Tinney added his second goal less than a minute later for JHU. The teams traded goals and were tied at 7 at halftime before Brown took over. He scored six of JHU's eight second-half goals, including four during a decisive six-goal run in which the Blue Jays turned a 10-9 deficit into a 15-10 lead with two minutes remaining.</p> <p>Maryland (12-2, 4-1), which came in ranked No. 3 nationally, got three goals apiece from Joe LoCascio and Jay Carlson but had a difficult time getting the ball past reserve JHU goalkeeper Will Ryan, who came on in the third quarter and made four saves whiles permitting just three goals over the final 25 minutes.</p> <p>Wells Stanwick added a goal and three assists, while Tinney had three goals and Crawley a goal and two assists. With 15 goals, the Blue Jays nearly triple the number of goals the 5.87 goals per game the Terps had surrendered in their previous 13 games this season.</p> <p><em>More information about the Big Ten men's lacrosse tournament, including broadcast and ticket information, can be found at <a href=""></a></em></p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:27:00 -0400 Student-run marketing campaign pays off for Hippodrome Theatre <p>Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre enlisted the help of a team of Johns Hopkins undergraduate students to design and run an integrated marketing campaign that will increase awareness of The Hippodrome and also promote a two-week run of <em>Dirty Dancing</em> next month.</p> <p>The students created AdHop Strategies, a temporary advertising agency, as part of their Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications class, which is offered each spring through the <a href="">Entrepreneurship & Management program</a> in the university's Whiting School of Engineering.</p> <p>Students were split into six departments based on their skill sets: Research, Campaign Strategy & Implementation, Public Relations & Social Media, Advertising & Multimedia, Finance and Reports & Presentations. Two CEOs were chosen to lead the groups and ensure that work was done according to the semester's timetable. The team had $2,500—and a lot of creative autonomy—to design and execute an integrated marketing campaign.</p> <p>"Each department had campaign goals and was tasked with analyzing the agency's in-depth interview and survey research to develop the most effective tactics that would allow them to achieve these goals. For the students in Manager positions, this class also represents an incredible leadership opportunity," says senior lecturer Leslie Kendrick, who teaches the class and has 12 years of experience as a marketing practitioner.</p> <p>In past years, students have worked on campaigns for Honda, Nissan, the FBI, the Navy, and MindSumo.</p> <p>This semester, the client gave AdHop Strategies a 70% awareness goal along with an objective to sell at least 50 tickets in total to any of <em>Dirty Dancing</em>'s 14 performances. Pre-campaign survey research revealed that 46% of undergraduates were aware of The Hippodrome. Post-campaign research findings indicated an 88% awareness rate—a number that the class and the client were very excited to see. In addition, the campaign resulted in the sale of 58 tickets to <em>Dirty Dancing</em> (sales were tracked by a promotion code) to date, surpassing the client's ticket goal.</p> <p>The student agency accomplished its goals through a special senior-week ticket buy along with a series of campus events and promotions that included free merchandise and food, YouTube videos, selfie-with-a-Broadway character contests, and a scavenger hunt on the Beach. Along the way, the studentslearned about market research, social media campaigns, and traditional print and video advertising.</p> <p>"We get to apply skills we've learned in previous classes and actually get results from the implementation of the campaign, making the experience even more rewarding," says senior Sofia Arruda.</p> <p>Added senior Kristen Politis: "This class is an exciting opportunity for real-world application of things we've only read about in textbooks; a real client, a real budget, a real integrated marketing campaign."</p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:05:00 -0400 Johns Hopkins mood disorders expert joins American Academy of Arts and Sciences <p>Johns Hopkins psychiatry Professor <a href="">Kay Redfield Jamison</a>, a leading authority on manic depressive illness, is one of <a href="">197 new inductees to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences</a>.</p> <p>Jamison joins a list of of notables this year that includes novelist Tom Wolfe, Puliizer Prize winner Holland Cotter, Nike co-founder Philip Knight, and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. An Oct. 10 ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will induct the new members into the academy, one of the oldest learned societies in the country.</p> <p>Jamison's 1990 book <em>Manic Depressive Illness</em> is considered the seminal medical text on bipolar disorder. It's one of many writings she's published on mental illness, along with <em>An Unquiet Mind</em> (1995), an account of her own experience with mania and depression.</p> <p>Jamison joined the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1987 and now co-directs its <a href="">Mood Disorders Center</a>. Past honors she's received include a MacArthur Fellowship and recognition as a "Hero of Medicine" by <em>Time</em> magazine.</p> <p>With the <a href="">American Academy of Arts and Sciences</a>, Jamison takes her place among a membership of 4,600 fellows dating back to 1780, including George Washington, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Martin Luther King Jr. She will be the 52nd member of the current Johns Hopkins faculty inducted into AAAS.</p> <p>The honorary society brings together some of the world's most accomplished thinkers, artists, and leaders and is also a leading center for independent policy research, with members contributing to publications and studies.</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:00:00 -0400 Johns Hopkins marks Earth Day with campus-wide celebration <p>Sustainability-minded student groups, JHU offices and departments, and local environmental organizations banded together for a day of reflection and festivities as Johns Hopkins University hosted a campuswide Earth Day extravaganza on Wednesday.</p> <p>"It's a look back on what we've done during the year, a look at our triumphs, and an opportunity celebrate the successes we've had," said Nemo Keller, a sophomore member of <a href="">Real Food Hopkins</a>, a student group devoted to bringing local, sustainable, humane, and fair food to JHU. Among the successes: the news that university has <a href="">achieved a 35 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions over five years</a>, released in conjunction with the celebration.</p> <p>"Hopkins is at the forefront of sustainability," Keller said. And Earth Day granted the perfect opportunity to show the community some of the behind-the-scenes action.</p> <p>Students from Baltimore City Public Schools flocked to the Beach, bringing with them recyclables to add to the temporary "River of Recyclables" art installation. They traveled from stand-to-stand, playing waste-sorting corn hole and recycling trivia. The department of Housing and Residential Life used their own recyclables as giveaways—sunflower seeds, duffle bags, cups—all spare goodies found around the office. Students for Environmental Action hosted a tie-dye station that used all-natural ingredients.</p> <p>Across the way, students and celebrity chefs from Bon Appétit teamed up for Veg Fest, a cooking competition featuring veggie-centric items.</p> <p>"It's great for people to show interest and learn about the little things you can do to be sustainable. If you can start to make small changes, it adds up," said Sarah Ragen, the student employee behind Homewood Recycling's Cornelius character, a cornstalk that wanders around campus teaching students how to sort their waste.</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:50:00 -0400 BPA may pose less risk to babies than we thought, Johns Hopkins researchers say <p>In recent years, BPA has become a real scare-word for many parents. But according to a new Johns Hopkins University study, the chemical's risk to newborns may be smaller than we think.</p> <p>The study also suggests that recent efforts to protect infants from exposure to BPA—most notably by banning it from baby bottles and sippy cups—may not be the cure-all. The large majority of newborns studied still had the chemical Bisphenol A in their systems, and it's not clear how it got there.</p> <p>"Even though we've removed BPA from bottles, this work shows infants are still exposed to it," says study leader <a href="">Rebecca Massa Nachman</a> of JHU's <a href="">Bloomberg School of Public Health</a>.</p> <p>The good news, researchers say, is that newborns are able to chemically alter BPA and rid it from their bodies.</p> <p>"Our study also shows that newborns are better able to handle that exposure than we previously thought," says Nachman.</p> <p>The study, published today in <em>The Journal of Pediatrics</em>, challenges some of our current assumptions about the toxicology of the ever-present chemical.</p> <p>BPA has been used for decades in all sorts of plastic products, including packaging for food and drinks. The vast majority of Americans have the chemical in their bodies, most likely from food-related sources. But concerns over BPA have escalated in recent years, with some evidence linking it to health problems including diabetes and certain cancers.</p> <p>The common assumption has been that infants would be particularly vulnerable to the chemical's risks, because their immature livers would have a hard time processing it. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has repeatedly concluded that BPA is safe at its current levels in our foods, mounting controversy led the agency to ban the chemical's use in baby bottles and sippy cups in 2012.</p> <p>The new Hopkins study found that BPA is still present in most newborns: The chemical appeared in urine samples for 70 percent of them. However, that form of BPA was already metabolized—biologically inert and therefore considered harmless to the body.</p> <p>The study looked at 44 healthy newborns between December 2012 and August 2013.</p> <p>Nachman says researchers still don't know how the babies were exposed to the chemical, but breast-feeding vs. formula feeding didn't affect the BPA levels. Additionally, the study suggests recent exposure to BPA, so in-utero transmission from mother to baby isn't likely to blame.</p> <p>"It must come from somewhere outside of the diet," says Nachman, a post-doctoral fellow in the Bloomberg School's <a href="">Department of Environmental Health Sciences</a>.</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:40:00 -0400 Twitter can help predict stock market performance, JHU researchers say <p>Paying attention to Twitter is a smart move for investors, a new study suggests.</p> <p>Researchers from the <a href="">Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School</a> found that that <a href="">the mood of tweets can be a good predictor of initial public offering (IPO) performance</a>.</p> <p>In the study, which <a href="">can be downloaded on the Social Science Research Network website</a>, researchers analyzed the moods of tweets for 325 IPOs on the first day of stock market trading as well as the three days leading up to it.</p> <p>The most useful finding for investors may be the way pre-IPO tweets seem to predict a company's opening day performance. Interestingly, researchers discovered that overall Twitter sentiment in the three-day run-up is usually the opposite of the way IPO performance unfolds. On average, raves on Twitter are associated with first-day price drops, while gloomy tweets are more likely to predict price climbs.</p> <p>For the first trading day itself, however, Twitter sentiment appears to mirror IPO performance, whether positive or negative.</p> <p>As Twitter becomes a more common forum for opinions and views on the stock market, it's worth analyzing these trends, says study co-author <a href="">Jim Kyun-Soo Liew</a>, a Carey Business School professor.</p> <p>"On the negative side, you could say it's unfiltered noise, and there's no outside body regulating it," he says. "But on the other hand, you could argue that it represents an aggregate view—the wisdom of the crowd. The crowd is telling us something, and it seems worth our while to listen."</p> <p>Lest anyone doubt Twitter's impact on Wall Street, Liew points to last year's phony tweet from the hacked Associated Press account, reporting a bombing at the White House. Within just minutes, the tweet led to a 140-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Later, when the tweet was proved false, the Dow quickly recovered.</p> <p>Though various studies already exist demonstrating Twitter's relationship to day-to-day stock performance (along with Twitter's ability to predict other phenomenons, like a movie's box-office success), the researchers believe theirs is the first to look closely at the connection between Twitter sentiment and IPOs.</p> <p>The study relied on analytics scoring the mood of tweets on a spectrum from -100 for most negative to +100 for most positive.</p> <p>Liew's co-author for the paper is finance student Garrett Zhengyuan Wang. The researchers presented their findings last month at a meeting of Data Science MD and have submitted it for publication in <em>The Journal of Portfolio Management</em>.</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:00:00 -0400 The 10 best concerts in Johns Hopkins Spring Fair history <p>Johns Hopkins Spring Fair kicked off in 1972 (though it was known then as 3400 On Stage), inviting the Baltimore community to the university's Homewood campus for parades, exhibitions, and performances.</p> <p>Since its beginning, the event billed as the largest student-run festival in America has attracted noteworthy performers from the world of music, from a young Eminem to the first musician to play at the original Woodstock in 1969.</p> <p>This year, as Hopkins prepares for a performance by <a href="">Nelly</a> (of "Hot in Herre" fame), we've put together a list of 10 of the biggest acts to hit the Spring Fair stage over the past four and a half decades.</p> <h5>Eminem (1999)</h5> <p>In 1999, the then-budding superstar went from an unknown underground battle rapper crashing in a Detroit doublewide to a Billboard-topping hip-hop artist. His Shriver Hall performance came right on the heels of the release of his triple-platinum major-label debut, <em>The Slim Shady LP</em>, the same year he played at MTV's Spring Break.</p> <h5>The Village People (1993)</h5> <p>The costumed gang came to campus for a disco revival, performing their sing-along hits like "Macho Man" and "YMCA." Actress Kathleen Turner (who starred in the John Waters film <em>Serial Mom</em>, among others) was rumored to be an attendee at that year's Spring Fair, too.</p> <h5>The Roots (2009)</h5> <p>In 2009, hip-hop's No. 1 live band joined Jimmy Fallon's late show as the house band in residence after years of touring, including two Spring Fair gigs (the group also performed at Hopkins in 2002). Since, the Roots have performed on national television with stars like Prince, Mariah Carey, and recently, pop-star Meghan Trainor.</p> <h5>Blues Traveler (1992)</h5> <p>The high school garage band from Princeton, N.J., famous for the hit "Run Around," emerged in the '90s as part of a new wave of jam bands. In 1992, the year they performed at JHU, frontman (and harmonica whiz) John Popper founded Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere (better known as the H.O.R.D.E. Festival), a touring summer rock festival uniting jam bands.</p> <h5>Common (2007)</h5> <p>The underground early-'90s artist with old-school beats and a funk-influenced style was a bona-fide hip-hop star by the time he performed at Spring Fair. More recently, the artist-turned-actor has garnered praise for his Oscar-winning musical collaboration with John Legend, "Glory."</p> <h5>Richie Havens (1976)</h5> <p>The folk icon (and first act to hit the stage at Woodstock) performed at the 1976 Spring Fair, the same year he released his 11th album, <em>The End of the Beginning</em>. Havens, who released 21 albums over a career that spanned more then four decades, died in 2013 at age 72.</p> <h5>Passion Pit (2012)</h5> <p>Dance beats spilled out of the Rec Center as students jammed along to the indie electronic group that combines modern pop melodies, dance rhythms, and lyrics led by vocalist Michael Angelakos. Their hit "Take A Walk" was named one of the best songs of 2012 by <em>Rolling Stone</em>.</p> <h5>J. Cole (2014)</h5> <p>The hip-hop star released his third album in 2014, the year he performed at Spring Fair. His first album, <em>Cole World: The Sideline Story</em>, debuted at No. 1 in 2011, earning him a devoted fan base with hits like "Work Out."</p> <h5>Guster (2004)</h5> <p>The alt rock band hat first formed in 1991 came to Hopkins in 2004 to play for the crowd that embraces them the most—college students. It was also the same year the group's guitarist founded Reverb, an organization that helps musicians "go green."</p> <h5>Reel Big Fish and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (2008)</h5> <p>In an unlikely pairing, the ska punk band Reel Big Fish, which rose to fame with the 1997 hit "Sell Out," shared top billing at 2008's Spring Fair with hip-hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.</p> <p><em><a href="">Johns Hopkins Spring Fair</a> will be held Friday through Sunday at the university's Homewood campus.</em></p> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:00:00 -0400 Johns Hopkins reports 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over five years <p>As the Johns Hopkins community celebrates Earth Week, the <a href="">Office of Sustainability</a> released a <a href="">report</a> today that the university has achieved a 35 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions over five years, among other strong results for its sustainability efforts.</p> <p>"With cleaner energy from our suppliers, several new systems that use natural gas more efficiently, and seven solar panel arrays … we have eliminated more than 465,000 tons of greenhouse gases and saved roughly $50 million in energy costs over five years," said <a href="">Alan Fish</a>, vice president for facilities and real estate, in a message to the university community today.</p> <p>Those results represent a significant step toward the university's goal to reduce emissions by 51 percent between 2008 and 2025.</p> <p>"Across our campuses, projects large and small are helping us conserve resources and be more efficient," Fish said. "Sensors in our classrooms, laboratories, and offices help cut down our electricity, heating, and cooling costs. Systems on buildings at the School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health collect and reuse rainwater. Vegetated roofs manage stormwater and reduce the temperature for Homewood's South Garage, the Cordish Lacrosse Building, and projects on the medical campus. Blue Jay Shuttles run on compressed natural gas."</p> <p>Scholarship in sustainability-related areas has grown, too, with a steady increase in students choosing the Global Environmental Change and Sustainability major and minor. The university also established the <a href="">Energy, Environment, Sustainability and Health Institute</a> (E2SHI) to facilitate interdisciplinary and interdivisional projects focusing on research, education, and policy. The institute provides resources for students interested in incorporating sustainability into their studies and facilitates seminars that showcase how research here can have impacts across the world.</p> <p>Measurements of the university's progress and a recap of actions across campuses appear in the <a href="">Johns Hopkins Climate Action Plan—Five Year Progress Review</a>, compiled in March 2014. A committee of 10 administrators, faculty members, and students conducted the review and used it as an opportunity to consider the next steps for sustainability efforts. Their recommendations are:</p> <ol> <li><p>Develop additional metrics for measuring energy consumption per square foot to better track conservation efforts while accounting for the addition of new buildings and workspaces</p></li> <li><p>Make utility billing separate from space rates in order to help departments (and other users) see their energy use and be incentivized to reduce it</p></li> <li><p>Incorporate sustainability at the earliest stage of project planning and maintenance in deliberate ways, such as in capital planning and budgeting, deferred maintenance planning, contract negotiations and RFPs</p></li> <li><p>Set an institutionwide waste diversion goal to encourage more people to use less materials and recycle more</p></li> <li><p>Investigate the impact of and opportunities associated with university-related transportation</p></li> </ol> <p>"These recommendations offer new ways to keep the university community focused on efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy while encouraging measurable steps toward our 2020 goals," says Ashley Pennington, senior program coordinator for the JHU Office of Sustainability.</p> <p>"The report also provides an opportunity to see how far we have come in making sustainability an integrated part of our operations and university culture," she says. "From the buildings where we work to the efforts of our enthusiastic Green Teams, our mission to drive for a cleaner, healthier future starts right here on our own campuses."</p> <p>The <a href="">Office of Sustainability</a> will facilitate the implementation of the new recommendations and prepare updates on the university's sustainability progress in coming years. That office also offers information and tools for members of the Johns Hopkins community to join the conservation efforts.</p> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:57:00 -0400 Johns Hopkins announces eight 2015 honorary degree recipients <p>A longtime Maryland congressman, an acclaimed pianist, and a leader in the fight against infectious diseases are among eight distinguished achievers who will receive Johns Hopkins University honorary degrees this year.</p> <p>The honorary degrees will be conferred at the <a href="">universitywide commencement ceremony</a> on May 21 at Homewood Field.</p> <p>Recipients include:</p> <ul> <li><p><strong><a href="">Marin Alsop</a></strong>, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the first woman to lead a major U.S. orchestra. Her arrival in Baltimore in 2007 sparked greater collaboration between the BSO and the university's Peabody Conservatory, where she is a Distinguished Visiting Artist.</p></li> <li><p><strong><a href="">Ed Catmull</a></strong>, this year's commencement speaker and co-founder of Pixar Animation and the president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. His efforts to bring together moviemaking and computer science led to blockbusters including <em>Toy Story</em>, <em>Finding Nemo</em>, and <em>Frozen</em>. He has won five Academy Awards.</p></li> <li><p><strong><a href="">Elijah Cummings</a></strong>, a longtime member of the U.S. House of Representatives, re-elected in 2014 to serve a 10th term representing Maryland's 7th District. A Baltimore native, Cummings is the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.</p></li> <li><p><strong>Anthony Deering</strong>, chairman of Exeter Capital LLC, a private investment firm, and former chairman of the board and CEO of the Rouse Company. He currently serves as a director of Vornado Realty Trust and Under Armour and is a member of the Deutsche Bank Americas advisory board, as well as the lead independent director of the T. Rowe Price mutual funds. He is an emeritus member of the university's board of trustees.</p></li> <li><p><strong>Lynn Deering</strong>, a volunteer and board member with Maryland Citizens for the Arts, a trustee on the board of Center Stage, and a member of the National Council for the American Theatre. Deering is also president of the Charlesmead Foundation, a trustee of the Baltimore Museum of Art, and a member of the national advisory board for the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.</p></li> <li><p><strong><a href="">Anthony Fauci</a></strong>, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases. Fauci serves as one of the key advisers to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services on global AIDS issues, and on initiatives to bolster medical and public health preparedness against emerging infectious disease threats.</p></li> <li><p><strong><a href="">Leon Fleisher</a></strong>, an acclaimed pianist who teaches at the Peabody Conservatory. In his prime, he was struck by focal dystonia, a condition that caused the fingers on his right hand to curl. Yet he continued to perform using just his left hand and dedicated himself to teaching and conducting. With treatment and perseverance, he regained the use of his right hand and continues to record today. He was the subject of the 2006 Oscar-nominated short documentary <em>Two Hands: The Leon Fleisher Story</em> and received a Kennedy Center Honors award in 2007.</p></li> <li><p><strong><a href="">William "Brit" Kirwan</a></strong>, chancellor of the University System of Maryland since 2002. Kirwan chairs the National Research Council's Board on Higher Education and Workforce and co-chairs the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. He also serves on the Business-Higher Education Forum.</p></li> </ul> <p>"Every person in this inspiring group of men and women has answered the call to lead," said Johns Hopkins University President <a href="">Ronald J. Daniels</a>. "In the arts and global health, education, and public service, they have each dedicated their energy, resources, creativity, and expertise to efforts they believe can change the world. I am thrilled that Johns Hopkins' honorary degrees will celebrate their place in our community, where we welcome big thinkers and bold leaders in all disciplines."</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:20:00 -0400 New trophy adds spice to storied Johns Hopkins-Maryland lacrosse rivalry <p>The winners of Saturday's 113th meeting between Johns Hopkins and Maryland will not only have the satisfaction of defeating a longtime rival. They'll also get to grab the crab.</p> <p>On Tuesday, the <a href="">two schools unveiled The Rivalry Trophy</a>, which will be presented annually to the winner of the annual showdown between the Blue Jays and Terps. The crab-shaped trophy, crafted by Sandtown Millworks, was made using reclaimed wood from Baltimore. It weighs 25 pounds and measures 32 inches wide and 22 inches tall.</p> <p>"It is not lost on our current staff and players or those who came before us that representing Johns Hopkins in the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse is an honor," Johns Hopkinscoach Dave Pietramala said. "After more than 100 all-time meetings, it's not easy to add something to a rivalry that is already so intense and important to so many, yet the addition of the 'The Rivalry Trophy' does just that. We look forward to the addition of this new and exciting chapter in the storied history of Hopkins-Maryland."</p> <p>Added Maryland coach John Tillman: "Our coaching staff and players consider it a great honor and privilege to compete in a rivalry that is much greater than ourselves. We are thrilled to add even more meaning to the Maryland-Johns Hopkins rivalry with the addition of the trophy."</p> <p>Much like their rivalry on the field, Johns Hopkins and Maryland have differing opinions on the official all-time series record. JHU notes the first official meeting as 1895 and counts a 70-40-1 series lead. The Terrapins recognize their program's first season as 1924 and maintain the Blue Jays hold a 63-40-1 advantage in the series.</p> <p>Saturday's meeting at 8 p.m. at Maryland's Byrd Stadium marks the first time the rivals have met as conference opponents, as both joined the new Big Ten Conference this season. A Terps win on Saturday would give them the conference regular-season outright, while a JHU victory would give the Blue Jays a share of the league championship.</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:00:00 -0400 'River of Recyclables' to flow across Johns Hopkins campus on Earth Day <p>Christopher Beer is interested in trash. The collection the young curator pulled together for <em>Synergy</em>—the <a href="">art exhibit now on display in Gallery Q</a> at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library—creates new expressions for discarded junk. Fish sculptures are crafted from rusted old bike frames, shovel heads, and toaster parts. Retired garden hoses coil around one another in the shape of a large egg. In one photo, an octopus drapes over a dismantled camera.</p> <p>For Earth Day on Wednesday, the art will extend outdoors. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., thousands of empty bottles and cans will sprawl like a river across the Beach at the university's Homewood campus. Beer calls it a "community-built sculpture."</p> <p>Beer, a master of fine arts student at the Maryland Institute College of Art, is working with a team of partners to orchestrate the temporary installation. He's hoping the scene will catch attention from drivers and pedestrians on Charles Street. At the end of it, he says, "we're going to take a lot of photos and then we're going to clean it up and recycle it" at Johns Hopkins.</p> <p>Eight Baltimore City public schools and the Baltimore Lab School are pitching in to donate recyclables. The event also functions as a bottle-and-can exchange, giving 5 cents per container.</p> <p>The "River of Recyclables" concept comes from local designer and activist Bridget Parlato, who heads the <a href="">Baltimore Trash Talk initiative</a>. Parlato has staged two similar events in the past, in the city's Patterson Park, as a visual response to littering problems in her neighborhood. Beer sought her out for that reason, wanting to add an interactive element to his exhibit. "We want to bring this spectacle to a new crowd," he says.</p> <p>Beer displayed a few of Parlato's posters for <em>Synergy</em>. The exhibit, which runs through May 22, also features the work of three other local artists. Sculptor Brent Crothers is responsible for the conspicuous egg-like pieces at the center of the hallway, made from reclaimed industrial materials. Along the wall is a series of photos by Max Shuster, merging marine life with toxic e-waste. And displayed fish-market style, as slabs along a table, are the imaginative sculptures of "master tinkerer" Leonard Streckfus. The art is accompanied by essays on environmental issues by two Hopkins students, sophomore Hannah Farkas and senior Justin Falcone.</p> <p><em>Synergy</em> is Beer's thesis project at MICA, as he prepares to graduate in May with a master's in curatorial practice. When talking about his exhibit, he refers to interests in consumption, sustainability, water conservation, and local activism. He also cites as inspiration the 2007 animated documentary <em>The Story of Our Stuff</em>, which follows the life cycle of material goods.</p> <p>Beers says he chose the Hopkins site because the MICA partnership was already there: MICA student Xiaotian Yang helped develop the Gallery Q exhibition space last year.</p> <p>For the "River of Recyclables" installation on Wednesday, Beer and his partners are encouraging people to post pictures of themselves sorting recyclables, with the hashtag #recyclerun. The event is supported by the JHU Office of Sustainability. A <a href="">full list of Earth Week activities is available online</a>.</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:00:00 -0400 Awards recognize contributions to JHU's sustainability efforts <p>Eleven offices and/or individuals from across Johns Hopkins University will be honored today for making their operations greener.</p> <p>Green Blue Jay Awards, presented by the <a href="">Office of Sustainability</a>, recognize contributions to the university's sustainability efforts through economic, environmental, and social measures. Winners will receive their awards today at 5 p.m. during <a href="">a ceremony in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory commons area</a>.</p> <p>"It's our way of recognizing our many partners across the institution that are making change happen on the ground," said Ashley Pennington, the senior program coordinator for the Office of Sustainability. "There are a lot of folks who take it to heart and incorporate sustainability into their programs."</p> <p>The "Three Legged Stool" award, for example, recognizes collaboration across departments and programs. This year, that award will go to the Departments of Housing and Residential Life, which partner with Homewood Recycling to provide students with a space to drop-off unwanted clothing, housewares, toiletries, and non-perishable foods that get donated to local organizations as they pack up at the semester's end.</p> <p>The "Wacky and Wonderful" award celebrates the students at Homewood Recycling who dress up in a cornstalk costume, wander campus, and share the do's and don'ts of composting. Corn, to cup, to compost—that's the mantra behind the out-of-the-box program.</p> <p>The 2015 Green Blue Jay Awards and recipients are:</p> <ul> <li><p><strong>Housing and Residence Life, Spring Cleaning with a Meaning Move-Out Recycling Program:</strong> "Three Legged Stool," which recognizes incorporation of three major aspects of sustainability: economic, environmental, and social.</p></li> <li><p><strong>Heather Michaelson, of JHFRE Mobile Work Order Program:</strong> "Change from Within," which recognizes an individual who has taken a leadership role that has impacted university-wide sustainability measures.</p></li> <li><p><strong>Weigh the Waste, Real Food Hopkins, and JHU Dining:</strong> "Sustainability Exposed," which recognizes the effort to share sustainable measures and practices amongst the Johns Hopkins community.</p></li> <li><p><strong>Antonia Daniels, of the Office of the President</strong> "Spirit of Sustainability," which recognizes an individual who demonstrates a unique enthusiasm for sustainability.</p></li> <li><p><strong>BSI Recycling Expansion:</strong> Green Partner of the Year, which recognizes an organization that has shown exceptional commitment to sustainability on one or more of the Johns Hopkins campuses.</p></li> <li><p><strong>School of Medicine:</strong> Division of the Year, which recognizes the Johns Hopkins division that has made the most significant progress over the course of the past year.</p></li> <li><p><strong>Sustainable Hopkins Infrastructure Program:</strong> Student Group of the Year, which recognizes the Johns Hopkins student group that has made the biggest impact during the past year.</p></li> <li><p><strong>Janet Kirsch, of the Office of Student Activities:</strong> "Zero to Hero," which highlights an event or project that exemplifies great progress in incorporating zero waste principles</p></li> <li><p><strong>Carey Business School CityLab Program:</strong> "By the Book," which recognizes the accomplishment of integrating sustainability principles and priorities into academics.</p></li> <li><p><strong>Hopkins Athletics:</strong> Above and Beyond, which recognizes the department that has demonstrated the strongest commitment to campus sustainability efforts in a unique way.</p></li> <li><p><strong>Homewood Recycling: Cornelius</strong> "Wacky and Wonderful," which recognizes a sustainability efforts that goes outside the box to creatively advance sustainability values and action at JHU.</p></li> </ul> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:24:00 -0400 Writer, Baltimore native Ta-Nehisi Coates to speak at first event in new JHU Forums on Race in America series <p>As recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, North Charleston—and right here in Baltimore—have turned a spotlight on racial inequality and community policing, members of the Johns Hopkins community have called for a meaningful conversation on the subject of race.</p> <p>In response, JHU President <a href="">Ronald J. Daniels</a> and Provost <a href="">Robert C. Lieberman</a> worked with the Diversity Leadership Council and the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity to establish the JHU Forums on Race in America. This series of mixed-format discussions will begin with an event on April 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Shriver Hall featuring guest speaker <a href="">Ta-Nehisi Coates</a>, a national correspondent for <em>The Atlantic</em> magazine who has written a number of influential articles on race in contemporary black America. Coates has a popular <em>Atlantic</em> blog, contributes to a number of publications, and is the author of <em>The Beautiful Struggle</em>, a memoir of growing up in Baltimore during the age of crack.</p> <p><a href="">Nathan Connolly</a>, an assistant professor of history in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, will moderate the discussion. <a href="">Debra Furr-Holden</a>, associate professor of mental health in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, will also participate.</p> <p>"The turmoil over racial inequality and community policing around the country has sparked difficult and important conversations on our campuses," Daniels and Lieberman wrote in a message announcing the new forums to the JHU community. "… It is our hope that [this series] will lead to a sustained universitywide exchange that will resonate with our community and inform our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and academic freedom."</p> <p>The president and provost encouraged students, faculty, and staff to attend the April 28 forum, which is also sponsored by the <a href="">Diversity Leadership Council</a>, the <a href="">Office of Institutional Equity</a>, the <a href="">Center for Africana Studies</a>, the <a href="">Black Student Union</a>, the <a href="">Black Faculty and Staff Association</a>, and <a href="">Student Affairs</a>.</p> <p>Attendees are asked to <a href="">register to attend on the Office of the Provost website</a>.</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:15:00 -0400 Johns Hopkins undergrads win funding for bright new venture in Tanzania <p>In Tanzania for an internship last summer, Miguel Dias found himself spending a lot of time in smoke-filled rooms. Residents would often cook indoors using charcoal, and the smoke would saturate the small spaces. Not accustomed to it, "in just five minutes, I'd already feel faintish," said Dias, a Johns Hopkins University sophomore studying biomedical engineering.</p> <p>Around the same time, Violet Ayoub, his internship director, told him about a relatively new innovation happening in Kenya—smokeless fuel briquettes made from agricultural waste. Several developing countries were experimenting with the briquettes as a cheaper, healthier, more environmentally friendly alternative to charcoal.</p> <p>Using his engineering knowledge, Dias took his own approach to the technology, designing a new briquette-burning kiln model from an oil barrel. Ayoub let him set it up in extra space behind the headquarters of her NGO, Visions For Youth. With that, the two of them recognized a new venture in the making.</p> <p>That venture, called <a href="">Bright Energy Africa</a>, now has recognition on a larger scale—and startup money to begin producing the briquettes. Last month, Dias and the team he recruited back at Hopkins—fellow Whiting School of Engineering sophomores Samantha "Yu" Wang and Yadel Okorie—<a href="">were among the winners of the 2015 Social Venture Challenge</a> at the Clinton Global Initiative University.</p> <p>The competition received nearly 200 applications, and two dozen teams earned awards. The Hopkins team got $5,000 in seed funding, the highest amount awarded, along with ongoing networking and mentorship opportunities with industry leaders.</p> <p>The big picture for Bright Energy Africa is ambitious: an enterprise that could create hundreds of jobs in Tanzania, with micro-franchises of the briquette centers set up in rural communities. Ultimately, Bright Energy Africa could be "100 percent owner-controlled in Tanzania," Dias says.</p> <p>The briquettes could help preserve the environment, reducing the deforestation required for creating charcoal and wood fuel and making use of discarded farm products that are currently just burned. The smokeless briquettes could also improve health, reducing carbon monoxide and other harmful byproducts of the current cooking methods. "It'd be a very big impact on their lives," Dias says.</p> <p>When he returned to Baltimore at the end of last summer, Dias turned his focus to the business plan. Okorie, a mechanical engineering major, helped on the financial side, and Wang, an electrical engineering major, worked on marketing. From Tanzania, Ayoub contributed through email and Skype sessions.</p> <p>For the next several months, the goal is to use the $5,000 in seed funds—which Dias says goes a long way in Tanzania—to get the pilot production plant up and running in Arusha. The team is also working on other fundraising angles and entering other competitions.</p> <p>The Social Venture Challenge, hosted by <a href="">the Resolution Project</a>, is an international business plan competition for undergraduates that is designed to inspire solutions to pressing social issues. The Hopkins team received its award last month at the annual Clinton Global Initiative University conference, held at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:08:00 -0400 Johns Hopkins professor wins IUPAP Magnetism Award and Néel Medal <p><a href="">Chia-Ling Chien</a>, a condensed matter physicist at Johns Hopkins University, has received the prestigious 2015 IUPAP Magnetism Award and Néel Medal from the Commission on Magnetism within the <a href="">International Union of Pure and Applied Physics</a>.</p> <p>"I am delighted to receive the award, which should be shared with my students and post-docs over the years," Chien said.</p> <p>Chien, professor and director of the Nanostructured Materials Lab in the university's Department of Physics and Astronomy, was cited for pioneering discoveries in magnetic materials and nanostructures. The IUPAP Magnetism Award and Néel Medal are awarded every three years to a scientist who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of magnetism. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the IUPAP Commission on Magnetism.</p> <p>Daniel Reich, chair of Johns Hopkins' <a href="">Department of Physics and Astronomy</a>, praised Chien for his unique perspectives on magnetism's challenges.</p> <p>"Professor Chien has made a host of very important contributions to the field of magnetism over the past three decades," Reich said. "He consistently has come up with new ways of approaching difficult problems, and has repeatedly carried out experiments that cut to the heart of the big scientific questions in our field."</p> <p>Chien's prolific impact on the field of magnetism can be seen in his more than 400 published journal articles and over 18,000 citations with an H-index of 66. He has researched nearly every branch of magnetism, from new exotic magnetic materials to giant magnetoresistance to superconductivity.</p> <p>The IUPAP Commission on Magnetism was established in 1957 to promote the exchange of information and views among the members of the international scientific community in the field of magnetism. The IUPAP Magnetism Award has been made every three years since 1991. Chien joins a distinguished group of prior recipients of the IUPAP Magnetism Award that includes spintronic materials pioneer Stuart Parkin, UC Berkeley Chancellor Emeritus Robert Birgeneau, and Nobel Laureates Albert Fert and Peter Grünberg. Chien will receive his award at the 2015 International Conference on Magnetism in Barcelona this summer.</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:30:00 -0400 New Johns Hopkins center to promote data-driven local government <p>The <a href="">Center for Government Excellence</a> at Johns Hopkins, established with a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, aims to assist more than 100 U.S. cities in creating data infrastructures to transform the way their governments operate. The center is part of the university's <a href="">21st Century Cities Initiative</a>, a university signature initiative that brings together city leaders and top researchers to confront the pressing needs of revitalizing cities throughout the country and abroad.</p> <p>"Our focus is on resilient cities both here and around the world. We want to study 21st-century possibilities and challenges, and to adopt 21st-century solutions," says <a href="">Kathryn Edin</a>, a sociologist in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, who has been named director of the 21CC initiative. Edin has guided the organizational, financial, and investigatory growth of 21CC, formerly named the Johns Hopkins Institute for the American City, since joining the faculty last year as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor.</p> <p>"Imagine a city whose infrastructure is crumbling," she says. "The 20th-century solution is to dig up pipes, repair them, and put them back in the ground. In the 21st century, we'd want to think bigger than that."</p> <p>Today's cities face problems ranging from planning for the effects of climate change to alleviating an increasingly diverse experience of poverty, but, Edin says, they have advantages over their 20th-century counterparts: Cities are less violent, and they will soon have a wealth of research and data to rely on. "Cities are often in crisis mode, and it can be hard for city officials to see new possibilities. We want to be the people who offer that vision and information to civic leaders," she says.</p> <p>According to <a href="">Denis Wirtz</a>, the university's vice provost for research, "Hopkins has an incredibly deep bench of talent to address the complex challenges faced by cities today. We have urban health specialists, urban poverty and wealth-generation experts, and experts in cities preparedness for natural and man-made disasters. This expertise is distributed among all schools and units of the university, carrying on a long urban research tradition at Hopkins."</p> <p>Wirtz also oversees the <a href="">Bloomberg Distinguished Professorships</a> program, which is bringing 50 world-class interdisciplinary faculty to Johns Hopkins in support of the university's signature initiatives and other areas of importance to the institution's future.</p> <p>The new Center for Government Excellence was established as part of Bloomberg Philanthropies' new <a href="">What Works Cities initiative</a>, a $42 million effort to help mayors and local leaders use data and evidence to engage the public, improve services, and evaluate progress.</p> <p>"While cities are working to meet new challenges with limited resources, they have access to more data than ever—and they are increasingly using it to improve people's lives," says three-term New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a Johns Hopkins alumnus and former chair of its board of trustees. "We'll help them build on their progress, and help even more cities take steps to put data to work. What works? That's a question that every city leader should ask—and we want to help them find answers."</p> <p><strong>Also see:</strong> <a href="">Bloomberg to give $42 million to help cities do more with data</a></p> <p>The Hopkins center will bring together a group of the nation's leading applied urban researchers under the leadership of <a href="">Beth Blauer</a>, a well-known proponent of open government and of data transparency and utilization, who served as a sounding board for What Works Cities as the program was being developed. The team will complement the strengths of more than 140 academic urban researchers already housed across 21CC's seven partner schools at Johns Hopkins.</p> <p>"Cities across the country are looking for ways to upgrade their use of data and evidence to deliver results for citizens," Blauer says. "I'm thrilled to lead our institutions' efforts, which will pair public-sector expertise from leaders across the country with the university's vast research to deliver unique and customized technical assistance to practitioners on the ground. The center will have enormous capacity to help shift the culture of individual cities and the sector toward more-effective government.</p> <p>"We'll be a bridge between work happening on campus and midsize cities across the U.S. Then we want to grow to have global impact," continues Blauer, who is renowned for her leadership of Maryland's innovative performance management program, StateStat, and who helped develop the performance management and collaboration tool Open Performance (formerly GovStat), which is used by the states of Maryland, Hawaii, and Washington; the cities of Baltimore, New York, and Kansas City, Missouri; and San Mateo County, California.</p> <p>Now executive director of the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins, Blauer will continue to work closely with Bloomberg Philanthropies and What Works Cities partners—among them, <a href="">Results for America</a>, the <a href="">Sunlight Foundation</a>, and Harvard University's <a href="">Government Performance Lab</a>—to promote What Works practices, assess the state of these practices in cities, and support the widespread implementation and enhancement of data collection, analysis, and use in public policy.</p> <p>"The center will visit 150 U.S. cities over the next three years to assess data infrastructure and recommend change so that cities can truly govern with data," says Blauer, who sees the center as providing a platform for cities to develop best practices. "There's a big void of data right now. We want to create data standards that nurture an environment for cities to collaborate, share resources, and expedite results. The center will have enormous capacity to support cutting-edge research, tap into comprehensive and live data, and inform research across a lot of verticals."</p> <p>The center is starting with midsize U.S. cities—those with a population between 100,000 and 1 million—to begin building assessments.</p> <p>"We'll be in a city near you," says Edin of the 14 applied researchers who are "gearing up to carry out this mission" from a triple-wide modular building near Homewood's Gilman Hall. These are the first among a cadre of highly skilled applied researchers who will be recruited to JHU for the initiative.</p> <p>In addition, 21CC will continue to build Johns Hopkins' urban research program by purposefully investing in high-profile faculty. Among the new hires is Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Stephen Morgan, an expert in inequality, education, and methodology, specifically in predictors of student achievement. Together, these individuals will form the nation's leading group of urban researchers harnessing their expertise to improve the well-being of all citizens of America's revitalizing cities.</p> <p>After the center's initial assessment of 150 cities, its next step will be to support at least 100 cities in beginning or advancing their open data practice. In this work, the center will support the cities as they release data to decision-makers and residents, enable them to track progress on public services and programs, promote a culture of government transparency and accountability, and engage citizens.</p> <p>"What we'd like to see is every city governing in ways that are data-driven. We can actually know what works and what doesn't by creating better data infrastructure," Edin says. "Typically, public health policies are recommended, implemented, and then watched to see what changes. But cities can't sort out competing explanations for whether the changes they see could have happened for reasons other than the policy; that's where more academic research comes in."</p> <p>While research is a key to 21CC, the initiative's applied arm is just as important to Edin. "A lot of people want to know, What will we do for people in the near term? Saying, 'Well, we'll produce good research,' isn't enough. We have to make sure that research is making a difference," she says.</p> <p>To that end, the center will help cities identify and prepare the best data for release; support cities as they build processes that collect and release machine-readable data in their chosen open data platform; help cities create oversight structures for quality, compliance, updates, and tracking; and guide cities in using data to engage the public.</p> <p>"The center will transform how city governments operate," says Johns Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels. "It will promote a culture of government transparency, accountability, and engagement with citizens, and will help cities learn to make quick, measurable improvements in citizens' lives."</p> <p>The 21CC initiative has a teaching component, too, including the recent launch of a social policy minor at the Krieger School. Students spend time in a policy setting—studying either federal-level policy in D.C. or city-level policy in Baltimore—using state-of-the-art data methods to understand the impact of policy structures and funding. Working with faculty from 21CC, undergraduates have an opportunity to become engaged with real-world problems.</p> <p>"Baltimore is a microcosm of everything that is promising and everything that was challenging about American cities," Edin says. "It's a resilient city in that it's now a magnet for millennials and empty nesters. It's a city where you can go to the Inner Harbor and see an astonishing mix of people both in terms of race and class. It's a city where neighborhoods, by contrast, are deeply divided by income and race. So it's a great city for policy students and urban researchers to embrace."</p> <p>Wirtz agrees, calling Hopkins "a place where the best ideas are thought out, analyzed, researched, and then shared to collect, analyze, and utilize big data for decisions facing the cities. The impact will be very far-reaching."</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:48:00 -0400 Men's lacrosse: Johns Hopkins topples Michigan to even record <p>Senior Drew Kennedy won 18 of 24 faceoffs, senior goalkeeper Eric Schneider made 13 saves, and <a href="">the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team rolled to a 16-9 Homecoming weekend win against Michigan</a> on Saturday at Homewood Field.</p> <p>With the win, the Blue Jays improved to 6-6 overall (3-1 in the Big Ten Conference) and secured a spot in the inaugural Big Ten Conference tournament.</p> <p>Nine players tallied at least two points for JHU, which used a five-goal run spanning the second and third quarters to take a 10-5 lead. Wells Stanwick led Hopkins with three goals—his 11th career hat trick—and an assist. Ryan Brown, Joel Tinney, John Crawley, and Holden Cattoni had two goals apiece.</p> <p>Davis Joseph scored twice for the Wolverines (5-7, 1-3).</p> <p>Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday when it takes on rival Maryland at 8 p.m. at Byrd Stadium. This will mark the 112th meeting in a series that dates to a 10-0 Johns Hopkins victory in 1895.</p> <p>The Blue Jays are assured of no worse than the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament and can earn a share of the Big Ten regular-season title with a win at Maryland. The Terps will host the conference tournament semifinals on April 30 and the championship game on May 2.</p> <p><strong>Also see:</strong> <a href="">Box score</a></p> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:30:00 -0400 JHU's SOURCE celebrates 10 years of community engagement in East Baltimore <p>Back in 2005, Mindi Levin was charged with running a new community outreach center for Johns Hopkins in East Baltimore. Community service was already part of the campus culture, but her job was to streamline the scattershot efforts, creating a unified resource for the schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health.</p> <p>"It started with just me," she says. "There was no formal entity or faculty member to help with community engagement."</p> <p>But there was a demand for it. Students in East Baltimore "felt they shouldn't just be in the classroom, learning theory," Levin says. "They felt like, 'We should be working with the people whose health we're trying to improve.'"</p> <p>A decade later, Levin's center is now a sophisticated engine. Levin and three other full-time staffers at <a href="">SOURCE</a> can count 100 partnerships with community-based organizations in Baltimore whose interests run the gamut from health care, housing, and the environment to refugees, women, the LGBT population, and senior citizens. Over the years, 7,623 East Baltimore students have logged more than 200,000 hours of volunteer service with not only those organizations but also 40 student groups. More recently, SOURCE has helped 56 academic courses integrate service learning.</p> <p>Next Thursday, as a wrap-up to National Volunteer Week activities, SOURCE will bring together participants past and present to celebrate its 10-year anniversary at the Living Classrooms Foundation in Fells Point.</p> <p>In her time running SOURCE (a loose-fitting acronym for "Student OUtreach Resource CEnter"), Levin says its approach to community service has evolved. People normally think of it as "a nice day of gardening or working in a soup kitchen," she says—and SOURCE does offer those opportunities. But it's more focused now on building "long-term, sustainable, mutually beneficial relationships."</p> <p>An example is SOURCE's long-running relationship with Moveable Feast, a McElderry Park-based organization that provides meals for people living with HIV/AIDS and other conditions. SOURCE routinely pitches in with volunteer days there, packaging food, but recently one JHU student went deeper. Through a mixed-method study, the student looked at "medically tailored food security interventions for people living with HIV," examining costs and health outcomes, Levin says.</p> <p>Several SOURCE programs help foster that type of deeper engagement. One <a href="">awards students a stipend</a> to undertake a yearlong project with a Baltimore organization, recruiting four other students to help out. Service-learning fellowships are also available, for both <a href="">faculty members</a> and representatives of SOURCE's community partners.</p> <p>One of this year's <a href="">Community Fellows</a> is Andy Timleck, an educator and advocate at <a href="">AIRS</a>, which provides supportive housing for people living with AIDS. Through SOURCE, Timleck has worked with JHU professors and students in several capacities, including a data policy study of income changes for residents in AIRS' housing program.</p> <p>"I believe there's a concrete value in how Hopkins is using service learning," Timleck says, adding that he's become "an advocate for SOURCE's efforts to push beyond "its own bubble" in East Baltimore.</p> <p>For Levin, one of the most rewarding outcomes of SOURCE has been watching students "fall in love with Baltimore" through their community service and decide to set up roots here. "So many people come to Baltimore City, they're afraid, they've heard things. But when they work in the community … they realize how warm people in the city are, and they see there's a lot of resiliency in our community partners."</p> <p>SOURCE's anniversary event takes place Thursday, April 23, at the Living Classrooms Foundation/Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum.</p> <p>"We've invited faculty, alums, students, partners—everybody who's been involved with SOURCE over the past 10 years," Levin says.</p> <p>Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are also scheduled to attend.</p> <p>The event follows <a href="">a week of activities SOURCE has scheduled</a> for National Volunteer Week, starting April 17, as well as a volunteer awards luncheon on April 22.</p> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:15:00 -0400 Peabody's Adashi ponders 50 years of the civil rights movement with 'Rise' <p>With his new work <em>Rise</em>, Peabody Institute faculty composer <a href="">Judah Adashi</a> considers how far Americans have come since the since the civil rights movement of the 1960s while acknowledging the steep climb toward social justice that remains. The new piece for double chorus and chamber ensemble is a collaboration with poet and playwright <a href="">Tameka Cage Conley</a>, and it includes text from a few of poems she wrote for the project.</p> <p>Adashi, Conley, and <a href=""><em>Washington Week</em></a> and <a href=""><em>PBS NewsHour</em></a> journalist Gwen Ifill present the world debut of <em>Rise</em> on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the <a href="">Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church</a> in Washington, D.C. The work will be performed by the <a href="">Cantate Chamber Singers</a> and <a href="">Afro Blue</a>, Howard University's celebrated jazz vocal group.</p> <p>The work was commissioned by the Cantate Chamber Singers, with whom Adashi has worked before, as part of the celebratory performances commemorating the Washington choral group's 30th anniversary season and to mark the 20th anniversary of its music director, <a href="">Gisèle Becker</a>. For the past week, Adashi has been talking about <em>Rise</em> online and through social media, noting that Becker's "vision of a multi-choir, intergenerational piece" shaped his initial ideas, as did his <a href="">community engagement</a> work at Peabody. When he decided to focus the piece on civil rights, he reached out to Conley, whom he first met when they were both in residency at the <a href="">Virginia Center for the Creative Arts</a>.</p> <p>The two collaborators talk about the genesis of <em>Rise</em> in <a href="">a recent Q&A</a> and also touch on the fact that the recent <a href="">#BlackLivesMatter</a> social movement—catalyzed by the high-profile killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York—makes discussing social justice difficult and necessary.</p> <p>Conley posted an <a href="">essay to Facebook</a> in which she discusses how personal this political moment is:</p> <blockquote> <p>I wrote the first poem when my son was sixteen days old and sleeping. I finished the final poem—there are six total—when he was six months old. The project gave me an open door to investigate how I felt about the murders of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and countless others, as I acknowledged the powerful stand protesters were taking and the ways the nation was still failing to protect Black lives. I began to feel that if, through the poems, I could find light on the other side of darkness, so could the nation.</p> </blockquote> <p>In a series of Facebook posts, Adashi talks about the historical and musical ideas that inform <em>Rise</em>:</p> <blockquote> <p>One of the most important voices in "Rise" isn't actually a voice. The flugelhorn plays the opening "Invocation" with the piano, and returns at key moments in the 3rd and 5th movements (the latter passage is called for by Dr. Cage Conley's words: "A horn tells us, / a brother has fallen, again..."). I was inspired to use the instrument in part by the local musician ... who plays his horn at the corner of Calvert and Baltimore streets when the weather is warm enough.</p> <p>The narrative of "Rise" begins with Tameka Cage Conley's poem "Edmund Pettus Bridge, March 7, 1965": Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama. The poem bears a gospel chorus as its epigraph: "I know it was the blood / I know it was the blood / I know it was the blood for me / One day when I was lost / He died upon the cross / and I know it was the blood for me." Pictured in this photo from the nonviolent march for voting rights is a young John Lewis, the future congressman from Georgia. A state trooper struck Lewis in the head with a billy club, fracturing his skull. As he recently recalled: "I thought I saw death. I thought I was going to die."</p> <p>The second movement of "Rise" is titled "A Blues, in the Light of Overcoming." Eight days after Bloody Sunday in Selma, President Lyndon Johnson addressed Congress on the subject of voting rights: "What happened in Selma is part of a far larger movement which reaches into every section and State of America. It is the effort of American Negroes to secure for themselves the full blessings of American life. Their cause must be our cause too. Because it is not just Negroes, but really it is all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome." Martin Luther King, Jr. ... reportedly shed a tear in response to the president's use of the phrase.</p> <p>Congressman John Lewis takes center stage in the third movement of "Rise," titled "O, Light (from Troy to All the Cities)." Both the words and music of this movement—the song is cast in the spirit of Nina Simone's longer, urgent epics—are dedicated to Lewis, a lifelong soldier in the civil rights movement. If any one person is at the heart of "Rise," it is this man, who grew up preaching to his chickens in Troy, Alabama. ("I'm convinced that some of those chickens that I preached to ... tended to listen to me much better than some of my colleagues listen to me in the Congress. As a matter of fact, some of those chickens were a little more productive. At least they produced eggs.") One of the 13 original Freedom Riders, Lewis is the only living speaker from the 1963 March on Washington, despite having nearly died at the hands of a state trooper on Bloody Sunday. He isn't always portrayed in the foreground of the movement narrative, perhaps because he doesn't offer the soaring oratory of Dr. King.</p> </blockquote> <p>"There is no better story, and no worse story, than the civil rights movement in America," Adashi observes in the Q&A conversation with Conley. "I hope we are creating a meaningful space for everyone to grapple with these realities, as we bear witness to where we have been and where we are going."</p> <p><em>More information about the performance, including ticket prices and availability, can be found at</em> <a href=""></a></p> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:11:00 -0400 Fourth-graders learn the knead-to-know science behind baking bread <p>The Divas of the Dry Ingredients and the Lords of the Liquids got right to work. They measured, mixed, kneaded, tossed, and rolled—all in the name of science.</p> <p>Approximately 350 fourth-graders from four Montgomery County elementary schools visited <a href="">Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus</a> to learn the art and science of bread baking. The students, from Laytonsville, Fallsmead, Fox Chapel, and Lakewood elementary schools, participated in the King Arthur Flour Bake for Good Kids: Learn Bake Share program.</p> <p>An instructor from King Arthur Flour taught her student helpers—the Divas of Dry Ingredients and the Lords of the Liquids—how to make bread dough for loaves, pretzels, pizza, and cinnamon rolls. As the students worked and watched, they explored the role of carbon dioxide in bread baking, talked about the importance of fractions in measuring, and learned about yeast's role as a fungus that thrives on sugar.</p> <p>The lessons align with the fourth-grade science curriculum on the changing states of matter, properties of matter, and the differences between mixtures and new substances. Learning science while baking shows students that science has real life, practical applications.</p> <p>King Arthur Flour donated enough ingredients and supplies for each student to bake two loaves of bread at home. One loaf will be enjoyed by the child's family. Students will bring their second loaves back to school next week for donation to Interfaith Works in Silver Spring.</p> <p>After students learned the chemistry of bread baking, they continued their hands-on science learning. Scientists, nurses, students, teachers, and others from several local companies and educational institutions led the students through activities including how to extract DNA from strawberries, how to prepare a plate of healthy food, how to determine an acid from a base, how to tell if a substance is candy or medicine, and how dry ice changes from a solid to a gas.</p> <p>Adventist Healthcare Shady Grove Medical Center, Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, J. Craig Venter Institute, Johns Hopkins Center for Biotechnology Education, Montgomery College, Rockville Science Center, and Suburban Hospital participated.</p> <p>Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus organizes this event to expose students to science at an early age and to spark an interest in careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.</p>