Hub Headlines from the Johns Hopkins news network Hub Wed, 04 May 2016 14:40:00 -0400 'Food Frontiers' documentary explores alternative ways to access fresh food <p>Until 2013, the citizens of Cody, Nebraska, had to travel a minimum of 42 miles to the nearest grocery story. When you live in a rural town of 154 people, big-market chains tend to look the other way.</p> <p>Frustrated with the status quo and wary of Cody's long-term future, the residents realized they had to get creative if they wanted more convenient fresh food options. The town's public school teachers had an idea: build a store and put the kids in charge.</p> <p>The result was the Circle C Market, a grocery store built and run almost entirely by local students, who work there for class credit, real-world experience, and some extra cash. The small store, which opened in May 2013, has thrived, and earlier this year it was <a href="">featured on PBS NewsHour</a>.</p> <p>The Circle C Market is one of six success stories chronicled in a new documentary film produced by the <a href="">Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future</a> titled <em>Food Frontiers</em>. The film, which runs just over 30 minutes, premiered Tuesday at JHU's <a href="">Bloomberg School of Public Health</a>.</p> <p><a href=""><em>Food Frontiers</em></a> showcases projects from around the United States that are increasing access to healthy food in varied and innovative ways, including:</p> <ul> <li>A pioneering farm-to-school enterprise in southern California that has made local produce a staple in school district cafeterias and transformed the students' diet </li> <li>A the pediatrician nicknamed Dr. Yum in Virginia who prescribes cooking classes for her patients and their parents and runs a commercial kitchen out of her medical practice </li> <li>A nonprofit that develops farmers markets in high-need New York City neighborhoods </li> <li>A community-based cooking education program called The Happy Kitchen in Austin, Texas </li> <li>Philadelphia's Fresh Food Financing Initiative, a public/private financing strategy that pieced together $190 million to upgrade supermarkets in Pennsylvania or build new ones</li> </ul> <p>The film will be part of the Center for a Livable Future's <a href="">Foodscape online curriculum</a>, an interactive site to be released in August that will provide an overview of the food system for high school students and teachers.</p> <p>Leo Horrigan, a food system correspondent with CLF who co-produced the film along with Mike Milli, says he views the documentary as a teaching aid and a conversation starter as the nation looks for ways to address the rise of obesity and diabetes, which are often linked to the lack of access to healthy food.</p> <p>"We hope this film will inspire people who may want to replicate the successful projects we examined," says Horrigan, who also produced the 2010 documentary <a href=""><em>Out to Pasture: The Future of Farming?</em></a>, a joint project of the CLF and the Video and Film Arts Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art.</p> <p>At the <em>Food Frontiers</em> premier, held in the Bloomberg School's Sheldon Hall, three of the film's stars were on hand for a question and answer session after the screening. They included Rodney Taylor, a food service director who started projects in the Santa Monica and Riverside, California, school districts before moving recently to Fairfax County, Virginia.</p> <p>Taylor says it's vital that we teach our children not just English and math, but how to be lifelong healthy eaters. That means giving students healthy options, he says, so the first thing they see in the cafeteria line is a salad bar and fresh fruit, and not packaged, processed foods.</p> <p>"We've shown that you can transform school food," he said, "and it can serve as a catalyst for change in the community."</p> Wed, 04 May 2016 14:00:00 -0400 Solomon Golomb, pioneering scholar of mathematics and engineering, dies at 83 <p>Solomon W. Golomb, a pioneering scholar in the fields of mathematics and engineering and a 1951 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, died Sunday at his home in California. He was 83.</p> <p>Golomb was known for his groundbreaking work in communications, including shift register sequences. He invented Golomb coding, a data compression method, and Golomb rulers, a specialized ruler used in radio astronomy and information theory.</p> <p>Golomb was also known for creating mathematical games, including Cheskers, pentominoes, and polyominoes—which served as the inspiration for Tetris. He created the popular and long-running <em>Johns Hopkins Magazine</em> word puzzle feature Golomb's Gambits, which he authored for 32 years. The first Golomb's Gambits puzzle appeared in the April 1984 issue.</p> <p>Golomb spent more than 50 years at the University of Southern California, where he was a distinguished professor of electrical engineering and mathematics and the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Chair in Communications. He joined the USC faculty in 1963.</p> <p>"With unparalleled scholarly contributions and distinction to the field of engineering and mathematics, Sol's impact has been extraordinary, transformative, and impossible to measure," Yannis C. Yortsos, dean of USC's Viterbi School of Engineering, <a href="">wrote Monday announcing Golomb's death</a>. "His academic and scholarly work on the theory of communications built the pillars upon which our modern technological life rests. His work on cryptography ushered in new approaches for securing communications signals. And his awe-inspiring inventiveness in mathematical reasoning has led to wonderfully playful discoveries of mind-twisting games."</p> <p>A <a href="">profile of Golomb published in 2012 by USC's Viterbi School</a> adds: "[H]is is the story of a remarkable individual embedded in a remarkable generation. Golomb was a leader in an extraordinary cohort of American thinkers who revolutionized understanding of the longstanding mysteries of mind and thought: breakthroughs as fundamental—or even more so—as the understanding of gravity, or the atom."</p> <p>Golomb was a graduate of Baltimore's City College high school and earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Johns Hopkins before his 19th birthday. He went on to receive a master's and doctorate degrees in mathematics from Harvard University.</p> <p>Golomb was a member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences. In 2013, he received the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama for his work in mathematics and communications.</p> <p>Last month, <a href="">Golomb received the Franklin Institute's 2016 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering</a> "for pioneering work in space communications and the design of digital spread spectrum signals, transmissions that provide security, interference suppression, and precise location for cryptography; missile guidance; defense, space, and cellular communications; radar; sonar; and GPS." Previous recipients of the award include Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking,</p> <p>"We have lost a brilliant mind, a mentor, a trusted colleague and advisor, a wonderful and kind human being, a steadfast supporter of the school and the university," Yortsos wrote. "But we also have been truly fortunate to be part of his life and to follow the paths that he traced for us, to be inspired and enlightened, and to have his brilliance and impact reflected on our achievements and on our aspirations."</p> <p> <div class="embedded-image force align-full size-full_width portrait has-caption"> <img src="//" alt="" /> <p class="caption"> Solomon Golomb receives the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama in 2013. </p> </div> </p> Wed, 04 May 2016 10:00:00 -0400 Johns Hopkins researcher among recipients of U.S. Energy Department early career grant <p><a href="">Rebecca Schulman</a>, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University, is among 49 young scientists across the country to receive grants from the U.S. Energy Department's Office of Science under the agency's <a href="">Early Career Research Program</a>.</p> <p>Schulman, who teaches in the <a href="">Whiting School of Engineering</a>'s <a href="">Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering</a>, will receive $750,000 over the next five years for work on designing hydrogels. These polymer materials are resilient to different types of damage. Such self-healing materials could function over long periods of time without the need for replacement, reducing manufacturing and installation costs and energy expenditures. Schulman's laboratory works on designing a range of materials that self-assemble and use molecular signals to adapt to their environment and recover from damage. The hydrogels developed as part of this project could be used in a range of applications, including for biology, medicine, and energy.</p> <p>"We invest in promising young researchers early in their careers to support lifelong discovery science to fuel the nation's innovation system," said Cherry Murray, director of DOE's Office of Science. "We are proud of the accomplishments these young scientists already have made, and look forward to following their achievements in years to come."</p> <p>The award, which is meant to pay for salaries and other laboratory expenses, specifically recognizes young scientists and untenured faculty members who have received their doctorate in the last 10 years. Scientists chosen in this year's round of annual awards are affiliated with 27 universities and 22 national laboratories across the country.</p> <p>Schulman joined Johns Hopkins in 2011 after completing a fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her doctorate at the California Institute of Technology, completing her dissertation on DNA materials, and her bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.</p> Wed, 04 May 2016 07:45:00 -0400 Young MCs: Middle-schoolers record, mix their own music at new JHU-MICA Film Centre <p>Like many seventh-graders, Lidiya Muche and Kaziyah Della like to scrawl lyrics about boys and broken hearts on their notebooks in big, bubbly letters.</p> <p>But unlike most Baltimore City middle school students, the girls use the latest technology to record their songs, mix beats, and tinker with tones. And their guide into the world of producing is the acclaimed musician <a href="">Thomas Dolby</a>.</p> <p>The girls are among a dozen Margaret Brent Middle School students who are learning how to record and produce music through a partnership with the <a href="">JHU/MICA Film Centre in Station North</a>.</p> <p>On 10 Friday afternoons, the students rush the half-mile from their school to the newly renovated Centre Theater on North Avenue for the class. They take the elevator to the second floor, walk past undergrads lounging in neon cushioned chairs, and hurry into a computer lab with a connecting recording studio. A tall man with a British accent waits for them. His high forehead and strong jaw would be familiar to anyone who has seen the video for his 1982 hit single, "She Blinded Me with Science"—but that was 20 years before many of his students were born.</p> <p>As a performer and producer, Dolby has spent decades exploring the intersection of music and technology. He joined the Johns Hopkins University faculty in 2014, becoming the inaugural Homewood Professor in the Arts and director of the Program on Sound in Film. He conceived of the middle school workshop as a way to bring the benefits of the film center to the broader neighborhood.</p> <p>"I thought it was really important to do something for the surrounding community," says Dolby. Local music producer Loren Hill and his wife, Jay Hill, co-teach the class with Dolby.</p> <p> <div class="embedded-image force align-right size-square square"> <img src="//" alt="" /> <p class="caption"> <b class="credit"><span class="prefix">Image: </span>Will Kirk / Homewood Photography</b> </p> </div> </p> <p>On a recent Friday, Dolby slips on headphones to listen to a rap song written by Fiacre Epossi, 15, and Carlos Ramos Diaz, 14.</p> <p>The eighth-graders have been friends since they met in an English as a second language class four years ago. Although Carlos spoke Spanish and Fiacre—who goes by Fiat—spoke French, the boys bonded over their love of rap.</p> <p>Their song, "Over Here Chillin' with My Brother Carlos," pays homage to that bond. Fiat raps in English and Carlos in Spanish; their words overlap and diverge, pinned by a deep bass beat. The boys shake off their shyness as they perform. The music is polished; it's not hard to imagine it being played on the radio.</p> <p>The boys are awed by what they've created.</p> <p>"I never thought I could do something like that," says Carlos.</p> <p>Dolby, too, has been impressed with the leaps the students have made since the workshop began in the fall. They've learned how to create bass lines and chord sequences, write lyrics and use computer programs to edit and upload their songs.</p> <p>"The big surprise has been the level of talent," says Dolby. "The vocal talent and the musical talent is really quite terrific. I'm really tempted to take these kids off and see if we could get a record deal."</p> <p>Dolby finds working with middle school students a good change of pace. They bring a mixture of youthful exuberance, playful energy, and "a little teen angst" to the classroom, he says. The students aren't familiar with Dolby's work, although some of their parents are.</p> <p>"They've never really heard of me or my music," he says. "I'm just this weird English professor to them."</p> <p>Toward the end of a recent class, everyone troops into the studio to listen to Lidiya and Kaziyah record their songs. Lidiya grips Kaziyah's hand for support. Her voice is warm and clear, surprisingly mature for a 12-year-old. Dolby coaches her through a few takes.</p> <p>"Just think about the words, OK? Don't think about the microphone or the headphone," he tells her.</p> <p>As Lidiya leaves the sound booth, Dolby instructs an assistant to play one of the best passages.</p> <p>"I want her to like what she hears when she walks in," he says.</p> <p>Dolby plans to teach the workshop, which is funded by the Warnock Foundation, next year. It is free for the students, who are chosen for the program by their teachers.</p> <p> <div class="embedded-image force align-full size-full_width portrait"> <img src="//" alt="" /> <p class="caption"> <b class="credit"><span class="prefix">Image: </span>Will Kirk / Homewood Photography</b> </p> </div> </p> Tue, 03 May 2016 18:30:00 -0400 Johns Hopkins study suggests medical errors are third-leading cause of death in U.S. <p>Analyzing medical death rate data over an eight-year period, Johns Hopkins patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S. Their figure, published May 3 in <em>The BMJ</em>, surpasses the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's third leading cause of death—respiratory disease, which kills close to 150,000 people per year.</p> <p>The Johns Hopkins team says the CDC's way of collecting national health statistics fails to classify medical errors separately on the death certificate. The researchers are advocating for updated criteria for classifying deaths on death certificates.</p> <p>"Incidence rates for deaths directly attributable to medical care gone awry haven't been recognized in any standardized method for collecting national statistics," says <a href="">Martin Makary</a>, professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an authority on health reform. "The medical coding system was designed to maximize billing for physician services, not to collect national health statistics, as it is currently being used."</p> <p>In 1949, Makary says, the U.S. adopted an international form that used International Classification of Diseases billing codes to tally causes of death.</p> <p>"At that time, it was under-recognized that diagnostic errors, medical mistakes, and the absence of safety nets could result in someone's death," says Makary, "and because of that, medical errors were unintentionally excluded from national health statistics."</p> <p>In their study, the researchers examined four separate studies that analyzed medical death rate data from 2000 to 2008. Then, using hospital admission rates from 2013, they extrapolated that based on a total of 35,416,020 hospitalizations, 251,454 deaths stemmed from a medical error, which the researchers say now translates to 9.5 percent of all deaths each year in the U.S.</p> <p><a href="">According to the CDC</a>, in 2013, 611,105 people died of heart disease, 584,881 died of cancer, and 149,205 died of chronic respiratory disease—the top three causes of death in the U.S. The newly calculated figure for medical errors puts this cause of death behind cancer but ahead of respiratory disease.</p> <p>"Top-ranked causes of death as reported by the CDC inform our country's research funding and public health priorities," Makary says. "Right now, cancer and heart disease get a ton of attention, but since medical errors don't appear on the list, the problem doesn't get the funding and attention it deserves."</p> <p>The researchers caution that most medical errors aren't due to inherently bad doctors, and that reporting these errors shouldn't be addressed by punishment or legal action. Rather, they say, most errors represent systemic problems, including poorly coordinated care, fragmented insurance networks, the absence or underuse of safety nets, and other protocols, in addition to unwarranted variation in physician practice patterns that lack accountability.</p> <p>"Unwarranted variation is endemic in health care," Makary says. "Developing consensus protocols that streamline the delivery of medicine and reduce variability can improve quality and lower costs in health care. More research on preventing medical errors from occurring is needed to address the problem."</p> Tue, 03 May 2016 12:33:00 -0400 Four from Johns Hopkins elected to National Academy of Sciences <p>Four members of the Johns Hopkins University faculty are among 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries <a href="">elected to the National Academy of Sciences today</a> in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.</p> <p>Those elected from Johns Hopkins are:</p> <ul> <li><a href="">Andrew J. Cherlin</a>, professor of public policy and sociology in the Department of Sociology </li> <li><a href="">Timothy M. Heckman</a>, professor of astronomy and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy </li> <li><a href="">Kenneth W. Kinzler</a>, professor of oncology and co-director of The Ludwig Center at Johns Hopkins Sydney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center </li> <li><a href="">Geraldine Seydoux</a>, investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics</li> </ul> <p>The election of Cherlin, Heckman, Kinzler, and Seydoux brings the total number of living NAS members from Johns Hopkins to 33.</p> <p>The new members bring the total number of active members to 2,291 and the total number of foreign associates to 465. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the academy, with citizenship outside the United States. A <a href="">complete list of new members can be found at</a>.</p> <p>The <a href="">National Academy of Sciences</a> is a private, nonprofit institution that was established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by election to membership, and—with the National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council—provides science, technology, and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.</p> Tue, 03 May 2016 09:45:00 -0400 Johns Hopkins student team develops reusable cryotherapy device to help treat breast cancer in rural South Africa <p>When radiologist <a href="">Susan Harvey</a>, director of breast imaging at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, was searching for ways to improve access to breast cancer diagnostics and therapeutics in South Africa, she turned to the Johns Hopkins <a href="">Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design</a>, which focuses on training the next generation of biomedical engineers.</p> <p>Monica Rex, a senior biomedical engineering and Spanish major from Orlando, Florida, and her five-member student design team jumped at the idea. Within a month of meeting last summer, Rex traveled with Harvey to Johannesburg and a rural area called Hoedspruit to investigate the needs firsthand.</p> <p>"It was incredible … to have the opportunity to travel to see the problems surrounding these communities and really see opportunities where our team could step in and engineer a solution," Rex says.</p> <p>What they discovered is "there's a kind of chicken-and-egg problem with breast cancer," says <a href="">Nicholas Durr</a>, the director of undergraduate programs for CBID, which operates within JHU's <a href="">Department of Biomedical Engineering</a>.</p> <p>There are not a lot of therapeutic options for those diagnosed because treatment is generally only offered in cities, and it's too hard and expensive for those in rural areas to travel.</p> <p> <div class="embedded-image force align-left size-square square has-caption"> <img src="//" alt="BME undergraducate senior Monica Rex and Dr. Susan Harvey" /> <p class="caption"> BME undergraducate senior Monica Rex and Dr. Susan Harvey </p> </div> </p> <p>"And because there are no good treatment options for many," Durr adds, "there's also no good incentive to provide diagnosis, because if you can't do anything once you find the breast cancer, what's the point?"</p> <p>The standard treatments used in South Africa are mastectomy and lumpectomy, which require a sterile environment and the assistance of an anesthesiologist. As such, they are only offered at regional hospitals, Rex says.</p> <p>Rex and Harvey explored cryotherapy, an established but lesser-used option in breast cancer management that uses extreme cold to kill cancer cells. A probe inserted through the skin to the tumor delivers liquid nitrogen or gas to cancer cells, freezing them.</p> <p>"Because the cold has a numbing effect, you don't need anesthesia, and because you can do it through a small needle, it's not a surgical procedure," Durr says.</p> <p>But standard cryotherapy equipment is expensive, Rex says. Disposable probes are $2,000 each. In addition, the technology uses gases like helium and argon, which are inaccessible in South Africa.</p> <p>Four more students joined Rex's team this semester to help consult with cryotherapy device manufacturers to design a less expensive probe that can be sterilized and reused, and that uses locally available resources. The team, named <em>Kubanda</em> (which means "cold" in Zulu), will showcase their prototype at the department's <a href="">annual Design Day today</a>.</p> <p>"The trip to South Africa with Dr. Harvey helped me realize the importance of context in understanding the challenges that surround global health problems," Rex says. "Within a university setting, it's easy to tend toward solving problems within a vacuum. This experience has challenged my team and me to work toward a solution that will not only function in the lab but also within the context of rural clinics in South Africa."</p> Tue, 03 May 2016 08:45:00 -0400 Johns Hopkins schools of business, engineering launch dual degree program <p>Johns Hopkins University is offering a new dual degree program that will allow students to earn a bachelor's degree in engineering and an MBA degree within five years. The dual degree program will be offered through the university's <a href="">Whiting School of Engineering</a> and <a href="">Carey Business School</a> beginning in the fall of 2016.</p> <p>The program is constructed to allow students to complete their coursework for both degrees within five years. Students pursuing a dual degree will begin with their bachelor's degree courses at the Whiting School of Engineering during years one through three. In year four, students will be fully immersed in the <a href="">Carey Business School's full-time Global MBA program</a> and will complete a summer internship. Year five will cover the remaining coursework for degrees at both schools. The five-year timeframe for the completion of two degrees offers a substantial savings of time and money for students over pursuing the degrees separately.</p> <p>"The nexus between engineering design and business application has never been stronger in today's economy. Breakthroughs and discoveries need to be economically viable to have a lasting impact on the world," said <a href="">Bernard Ferrari, dean of the Carey Business School</a>. "This dual degree program will offer Whiting School Engineering students a unique opportunity to bridge gaps between the engineering and business fields."</p> <p>Added <a href="">Ed Schlesinger, dean of the School of Engineering</a>: "Johns Hopkins engineering students are extremely entrepreneurial in the way they approach solving problems. They are eager to turn their innovations into products that can have an impact on people's lives, and the partnership with the Carey School will provide them with the business skills they need to do this."</p> <p>In addition to the dual engineering and business degree, the Whiting School of Engineering collaborates with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine on Biomedical Engineering degree programs. The Carey Business School also offers a dual MPH/MBA degree program with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an MBA/MS in Applied Economics with the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, and an MBA/MA in design leadership with Maryland Institute College of Art.</p> Mon, 02 May 2016 12:45:00 -0400 Human Library at Johns Hopkins challenges participants to go beyond stereotypes <p>Muslim. Single Mother. Alcoholic. Gay Pastor. Refugee. Clinical Depression. Black Woman. Asian Woman. Mexican. Eating Disorder. Misophoniac. Asperger's. Polyamorous. The 13 participants in Johns Hopkins University's recent Human Library project dropped their individual names and assumed "book" titles as they waited to be borrowed.</p> <p>These individuals were on loan temporarily as part of a day-long event held at Brody Learning Commons and hosted by junior Selma Ahmed, who won a $2,500 Diversity Innovation Grant to support the project via the university's <a href="">Idea Lab crowdsourcing website</a>.</p> <p>"The vision we had was to simply be a conversation where you can talk to someone who you wouldn't have otherwise talked to in your normal day to day," Ahmed said. "The human books represent different social groups that are generally stigmatized."</p> <p>The idea behind the Human Library concept—which began in Denmark 16 years ago and has since been replicated in more than 60 countries—is to create a space where difficult questions are welcomed and vulnerability is encouraged.</p> <p> <div class="teaser featured-teaser article has-image"> <div class="thumbnail"> <a href=""><img src="//" alt="" /></a> </div> <div class="teaser-text"> <h5 class="overline">Feedback wanted</h5> <h2><a href="">Diversity and inclusion roadmap</a></h2> <div class="summary">Submit a comment or share an idea related to the draft version of the Johns Hopkins University Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion </div> </div> </div> </p> <p>Ahmed says a lecture series in one of her public health classes helped show her the value of such exchanges. One speaker who stood out was a formerly incarcerated man with a history of drug-related violence, who told the class about his experience re-integrating into society.</p> <p>Johns Hopkins University sophomore Colette Aroh—identified only by her title, Black Woman—was among the participants.</p> <p>"I was really interested in just what the event was about—with having people have these open discussions in vulnerable spaces," she said.</p> <p>Aroh was "loaned out" two times during the event and spoke frankly with both people—one a friend who specifically requested Aroh, the other an alum who selected her based on her title. Aroh talked about her identity as a Nigerian-American and the way mental health functions within that community.</p> <p>"For me, [the title Black Woman] means something different," she said. "I'm addressing that, yes, it is a part of my identity and part of who I am, but here's what it means for me.</p> <p>"We didn't realize we had similar views because we were nervous about having these conversations with each other, and we realized that we had a lot of shared experiences. It's like 'Oh my gosh, why didn't we talk about this earlier?'"</p> Mon, 02 May 2016 08:15:00 -0400 Johns Hopkins students to show off creative solutions to real-world problems at annual Design Days <p>It's crunch time across the <a href="">Whiting School of Engineering</a>, as students labor—sometimes around the clock—in laboratories and design spaces to put the finishing touches on projects. Their creations range from a small hovering aircraft that can land in a tree branch as effortlessly as a bird to a hand-held device that enables breast cancer treatment in rural clinics.</p> <p>"If we haven't been here quite 24 hours a day, it sometimes feels like it," says David Levi, a senior mechanical engineering major, looking around the department's cluttered senior design space in the basement of the Wyman Park building, where he and teammates are refining their prototype. "It's lucky that we have this awesome area with couches, so we can crash if we get too tired. Design Day is almost here."</p> <p>Held annually in early May, the Whiting School's Engineering Design Days are a rite of passage: a chance for students in disciplines such as mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biomedical engineering, materials science, and electrical and computer engineering to prove that they can translate theoretical knowledge into creative, practical solutions to real-world problems.</p> <p><div class="pullquote"> "They have to apply everything they have learned in the classroom and lab to a problem that doesn't yet have a solution." <div class="cite">Nicholas Durr, CBID director of undergraduate programs</div> </div> </p> <p>During these events, which will take place on Tuesday, student teams make presentations about their designs to sponsors and mentors from industry and government, faculty members, clinicians, and fellow students. Presentations can include prototypes, posters, and demonstrations, or a combination thereof.</p> <p>"Each student design team focuses on solving a real-world clinical problem. In this process, they have to apply everything they have learned in the classroom and lab to a problem that doesn't yet have a solution," says <a href="">Nicholas Durr</a>, assistant professor in the <a href="">Department of Biomedical Engineering</a> and director of undergraduate programs within the <a href="">Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design</a>. "In biomedical engineering, our mission is to educate future leaders who will make an impact on health care. Senior design is a critical part of this education."</p> <p>This year, BME will host two design events: its annual <a href="">BME Design Day</a>, in which undergraduate and graduate students showcase their creations, as well as a first-ever Student Healthcare Design Competition, open to student teams from across Johns Hopkins. Held on JHU's East Baltimore medical campus, both events run from 1-8 p.m.</p> <p>One finalist in the Student Healthcare Design Competition is a team led by senior BME major Monica Rex. The team's device—a small, hand-held probe that uses extreme cold to kill breast cancer cells—typifies the BME projects, which are created in response to a clinical need. Rex traveled last summer to rural South Africa and was inspired to develop the device after observing the lack of therapeutic options for women there diagnosed with breast cancer.</p> <p>"Our goal was to adapt a current technology used to treat cervical cancer so that it could be used to treat breast cancer," Rex explains.</p> <p>On the Homewood campus, students in the departments of civil engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, and electrical and computer engineering also will be presenting their projects during Design Day:</p> <ul> <li><p><strong>The Department of Civil Engineering</strong> event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Hackerman Hall B-17. There, student teams will present their plans for improvements to Frank Lloyd Wright's "Fallingwater" historic site in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.</p></li> <li><p><strong>The Department of Mechanical Engineering</strong> Design Day runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Hodson Hall 210 and adjacent foyer. Sixteen teams will present prototypes and plans for projects ranging from a prosthesis that enables female veterans to wear high heels to the development of advanced materials for use in athletic wear.</p></li> <li><p><strong>The Department of Materials Science and Engineering</strong> event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Great Hall at Levering. Teams will present plans, designs, and prototypes for projects such as a vest that helps monitor the success of cystic fibrosis medications and a lab-on-a-chip assay for detection of a malaria biomarker in blood.</p></li> <li><p><strong>The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering</strong> will hold its Design Day from noon to 5 p.m. in the Glass Pavilion. Projects to be presented include a "smart" coffee mug that keeps beverages at a sustained temperature, a new style of intercom system, and a cervical consistency diagnostic tool.</p></li> <li><p><strong>The Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering</strong> will hold its Senior Design Day at 4:30 p.m on Tuesday, May 10 in Gilman Hall 132. Student teams will present their plans for "Storm Water Management for Fort Meade" before professional partners from the Army Corps of Engineers, as well as department faculty and fellow students.</p></li> <li><p><strong>The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering</strong>'s Design Day was held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on April 29 in the Mattin Center. Students presented project prototypes that included a hot drink temperature indicator, a disappearing dry erase marker, a post-surgery biodegradable chemotherapy implant, and a hydrophilic coating that prevents chewing gum from sticking to surfaces.</p></li> </ul> Mon, 02 May 2016 08:00:00 -0400 Men's lacrosse: Late run lifts No. 3 Maryland past Hopkins <p>Maryland's men's lacrosse team used a five-goal second-half run to <a href="">pull away for an 11-8 victory against Johns Hopkins</a> on Saturday at Homewood Field in the regular-season finale for both teams. With the win, Maryland secured the Big Ten Conference regular-season title.</p> <p>The No. 9 Blue Jays (8-5, 3-2 Big Ten) got back-to-back goals from senior Ryan Brown to tie the score at 6 midway through the third quarter. But the Terps (12-2, 5-0) took charge from there, holding Hopkins scoreless for more than 22 minutes to pull away for the win.</p> <p>The game marked the 114th meeting between the two schools; JHU leads the all-time series 71-42-1.</p> <p>Brown score three goals and added two assists to become the 10th player in Hopkins history to reach 200 points for his career. Brown's three goals give him 154 for his career, tying him with Brian Piccola for second in school history.</p> <p>Hopkins returns to action on Thursday at Homewood Field for a Big Ten Conference tournament game. The Blue Jays, the tournament's No. 3 seed, take on second-seeded Rutgers.</p> <p><strong>Also see:</strong> <a href="">Complete Hopkins-Maryland box score</a></p> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:00:00 -0400 Peabody Pop-Ups take city by (musical) storm <p>It seems that dining isn't the only industry in the midst of a pop-up craze.</p> <p>Four musical troupes from the Peabody Conservatory performed surprise concerts Thursday, bringing classical and popular music to schools, medical centers, retail establishments, and iconic city sites including the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Penn Station, and Baltimore City Hall. The student troupes—including brass quartets and quintets, violinists, guitarists, pianists, and vocalists—also performed across sites on Johns Hopkins campuses, including the Billings Rotunda, and the entrance of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, and also at the Henderson-Hopkins school in East Baltimore.</p> <p>"Peabody Pop-Ups give our students an opportunity to build community and connect with our neighbors by offering music in unexpected places," said <a href="">Sarah Hoover</a>, special assistant to the dean at Peabody. "They also learn a lot about performing in unusual spaces and engaging with audiences. So we're just thrilled to have been able to expand the scope and have such a great impact this year."</p> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:00:00 -0400 Johns Hopkins undergraduate tuition to increase 3.5%; financial aid budget to rise <p>Tuition for full-time liberal arts and engineering undergraduates at the Johns Hopkins University will increase 3.5 percent this fall while the financial aid budget supporting those students rises 5 percent.</p> <p>The increase of $1,700 will bring 2016-2017 full tuition to $50,410 for undergraduates in the university's <a href="">Krieger School of Arts and Sciences</a> and <a href="">Whiting School of Engineering</a>. The nearly 5,400 undergraduates in those schools study at the university's Homewood campus in northern Baltimore.</p> <p>Nearly half of Homewood undergraduate students—about 48 percent—receive need-based aid from the university and do not pay the full tuition price. The average grant aid to those students covers nearly two-thirds of the total cost of attendance, which includes tuition, fees, room and board.</p> <p>The total 2016-2017 undergraduate aid budget for the Krieger and Whiting schools will be a record $88 million, up $5 million from the current year. That's a 14 percent increase over the past two years and a 73 percent boost since 2009.</p> <p>The university's president since then, <a href="">Ronald J. Daniels</a>, has made undergraduate financial aid a priority. Johns Hopkins recently announced that its fundraising campaign, <a href=""><em>Rising to the Challenge</em></a>, has been extended a year, to June 2018. Among its goals for the extended campaign, the university aims to add $55 million to the $60 million already raised for endowed undergraduate aid.</p> <p>The Krieger and Whiting schools have now limited undergraduate tuition hikes to 3.5 percent for four years in a row and kept them below 4 percent for eight straight years; those eight years represent the eight smallest tuition increase percentages since the 1974-1975 academic year.</p> <p>While restraining tuition increases, Johns Hopkins continues to aggressively check the growth of expenses. The university, for instance, has been making procurement changes and has identified potential savings of roughly $15 million a year university-wide on items like office supplies, computer hardware and software, temporary labor, laboratory equipment maintenance and travel.</p> <p>Tuition supports both ongoing costs and enhancements in the student experience, including faculty recruitment; undergraduate research opportunities; library and classroom enhancements; and investments in student health and wellness, information technology, security and other important student services.</p> <p>Homewood room and board rates—for a typical double room and 19-meal-per-week board plan—will climb 3 percent this fall, to $14,976. That will bring the total cost of tuition, room and board to $65,386, up 3.4 percent from the current academic year.</p> <p><strong>Tuition for other Johns Hopkins undergraduates</strong></p> <p>A 3.5 percent tuition increase will also apply to the nearly 300 undergraduate musicians studying full-time at the university's Peabody Conservatory at Baltimore's Mount Vernon Place. Their 2016-2017 tuition will be $44,122, up $1,491 from the current $42,631.</p> <p>The School of Nursing is ending its undergraduate program at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year. It will now focus on educating advanced practice and research nurses at the master's and doctoral levels.</p> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:00:00 -0400 Johns Hopkins launches new online master's degree in financial mathematics <p><a href="">Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals</a>, the division of Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering that administers online and part-time graduate programs, has launched a new financial mathematics master's degree program that can be completed online.</p> <p>"Today's world economy and global financial markets are increasingly sophisticated and extremely competitive," said David Audley, chair of the new <a href="">Financial Mathematics program</a>. "An advanced education has become a key enabler in reaching higher-level positions in portfolio management, risk management, and trading."</p> <p>Graduates of the new program will complete 10 online courses that develop advanced quantitative and managerial skills in finance, and examine the engineering-driven principles that power our international financial systems. Working with Johns Hopkins instructors who are also practicing engineers in the financial industry, students will have the opportunity to study real-world examples in subjects like financial derivatives, risk management, data analysis, Monte Carlo methods, and quantitative portfolio theory.</p> <p>"The global economy is not bound to any one location, and neither are we," said Associate Dean Dexter G. Smith of the Whiting School. "Johns Hopkins University is proud to expand its financial mathematics program to students around the world."</p> <p>To be considered for the online financial mathematics master's degree program, applicants must have earned a previous degree in mathematics or engineering, and have at least two years of relevant work experience. Johns Hopkins Engineering is accepting student applications for the summer 2016 term, which begins May 23, 2016. Interested students can attend <a href="">a free online information session</a> on Thursday, May 12, from 7 to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals gives working adults a convenient way to advance their education and competitiveness in 20 traditional and newly emerging fields. Building on the world-class reputation and dynamic resources of Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals offers online and on-site classes at times that complement the busy schedules of today's practicing engineers and scientists.</p> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:30:00 -0400 Four Hopkins students awarded Gilman Scholarship to study abroad this summer <p>Four Johns Hopkins University students will be heading abroad this summer—to Peru, Senegal, Japan, and Jordan—as winners of the <a href="">Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship</a>.</p> <p>Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the scholarship aims to diversify the U.S. students who study and intern internationally, and the countries and regions where they go. The Hopkins honorees—Clara Molineros, Rocio Oliva, Duy Phan, and Madeleine Uraih—are among more than 250 Gilman Scholars who will be pursuing studies or career-oriented internships this summer.</p> <p>Funded by Congress, the scholarship supports students who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad, providing up to $5,000 to each recipient. The program was established in 2001 on the principle that international exchange is vital for preparing U.S. students to "assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world." The Gilman Scholars, who are chosen through a competitive selection process, use their awards to defray costs, including their program tuition, room and board, and international airfare.</p> <p>More about the Hopkins honorees and what they'll be up to this summer:</p> <ul> <li><p><strong>Clara Molineros</strong>, a junior from Vero Beach, Florida, majoring in biomedical engineering, will be studying in Paris and Dakar as part of the <a href="">CIEE Francophone studies program</a>. The program allows students to explore the impact of French history and culture on modern-day Senegal.</p></li> <li><p><strong>Rocio Oliva</strong>, a junior studying chemistry, art history, and Latin American studies on the pre-med track, will attend the <a href="">Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola</a> in Cusco, Peru. She hopes to study Incan architecture and Latin American literature.</p></li> <li><p><strong>Duy Phan</strong>, a sophomore from Columbus, Ohio, studying neuroscience, will be in Tokyo, Japan, as an internship fellow in Dr. Yoshihiro Yoshihara's <a href="">Laboratory for Neurobiology of Synapse</a> in the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, an international brain research center. As physician-scientist in training, Duy says he hopes the internship will help him "prepare to enter the international neuroscience community."</p></li> <li><p><strong>Madeleine Uraih</strong>, a freshman from Houston, Texas, focusing on public health, sociology, and philosophy, will be studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan, through the <a href="">School for International Training</a>. She says she hopes "to learn more about the social and political structure of Jordan as well as their efforts to help the Syrian refugees."</p></li> </ul> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:05:00 -0400 Johns Hopkins PhD candidate, alum receive Newcombe Fellowships <p>William Reed, a doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins University's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and Caroline Garriott, a 2007 Hopkins graduate, have been named <a href="">Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2016</a> by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.</p> <p>Reed received the recognition for his dissertation, <em>Yahweh's "Cruel Sword": The Manifestation of Punishment and the Trauma of Exile</em>, in JHU's <a href="">Department of Near Eastern Studies</a>. His dissertation examines how the motif of Yahweh's sword in the biblical prophets functions as a coping mechanism for those traumatized by exile.</p> <p>Garriott, who graduated in 2007 with a degree in art history, is completing her dissertation, <em>Coloring the Sacred: Art and Devotion in Colonial Peru and Brazil</em>, in the Department of History at Duke University. Her dissertation examines how lay devotion to saints and their images in colonial Peru and Brazil informed broader perceptions of race and religion in the Iberian Atlantic World.</p> <p>The fellowship will provide both scholars with a 12-month award of $25,000 to support their final year of dissertation work.</p> <p>Created in 1981 and funded by the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, the Newcombe Fellowship is the nation's largest and most prestigious award for PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences, addressing questions of ethical and religious values. The fellowship is administered by the <a href="">Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation</a> and has supported more than 1,100 doctoral candidates, most of them now noted faculty and thought leaders in their fields.</p> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:40:00 -0400 Bree Newsome on racial injustice and why she tore down the Confederate flag <p>In 2001, the NCAA imposed a ban on hosting postseason sporting events in the state of South Carolina, where the Confederate Flag was flown prominently. The NAACP, too, launched a 15-year economic boycott of the state.</p> <p>And yet the flag, for many a symbol of hatred, racism, and division, continued to fly over South Carolina's statehouse grounds in Columbia, as it had since 1961 when it was raised in commemoration of the centennial anniversary of the Civil War. It remained there until a young activist named Bree Newsome scaled the 30-foot flagpole on June 27, 2015, declaring "This flag comes down today" as she ripped it from its hooks.</p> <p>"I still felt strongly that the point must be made how absolutely intolerable it was for that flag to fly another day," Newsome said to an audience at Johns Hopkins University's Shriver Hall on Wednesday night as part of JHU Forums on Race in America.</p> <p>South Carolina raised the flag again within 45 minutes. But weeks later, Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill calling for the official removal of the flag.</p> <p> <div class="teaser featured-teaser article has-image"> <div class="thumbnail"> <a href=""><img src="//" alt="" /></a> </div> <div class="teaser-text"> <h5 class="overline">Feedback wanted</h5> <h2><a href="">Diversity and inclusion roadmap</a></h2> <div class="summary">Submit a comment or share an idea related to the draft version of the Johns Hopkins University Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion </div> </div> </div> </p> <p>Newsome's defiant act came in days after nine members of an African Methodist Episcopal church—Mother Emanuel—were massacred in Charleston, S.C. Their assailant, 22-year-old Dylan Roof, had been photographed waving the rebel flag.</p> <p>Newsome's civil disobedience was fueled by that massacre and similar acts of racial violence. With the help of a harness and James Tyson, a white activist who agreed to spot her in a symbolic gesture of solidarity, she began her climb, knowing that she would be arrested before her feet could hit the ground. Both Tyson and Newsome were immediately jailed.</p> <p>"So much blood has been spilled in the fight for racial equity up to this point," Newsome said. "And tragically—shamefully, I would say—it took the blood of nine more innocent people to finally shake the conscience of this nation surrounding that symbol of slavery, hatred, and terrorism that is the confederate flag."</p> <p>"For us this is not simply about a flag," she added, "but rather it's about abolishing the spirit of hatred and oppression in all its forms."</p> <p>The hashtag #keepitdown began to trend. Newsome, once an unknown community organizer, became an instant Internet hero, with images likening her to Wonder Woman popping up across social media channels. She remains a hero for many who came to hear her speak.</p> <p>"I think what you did brought about change throughout the South at an exponential pace," said an audience member, a JHU student and AME church member. He said he took a leave of absence from Hopkins following the shooting, returned to his home in South Carolina, sat in the same Charleston church where the massacre occurred, and advocated for the flag's removal.</p> <p>Added Bryan Carter, a political science PhD candidate who introduced Newsome at Wednesday's event: "Bree Newsome became the hero I needed, the heroine we all needed. ... Her activism is a reminder that it is incumbent of all of us to fight."</p> <p>Newsome urged members of the audience to continue to fight for what they believe in, whether that means working at a grassroots level or engaging in acts of civil disobedience and public protests. She recently helped launch a series of classes about food education, which led to the creation of a community garden. Now the community garden is selling produce and her community is reaping the benefits.</p> <p>It is crucial to remain mindful that we are all affected by and suffer from injustice, she said. "Nobody is free until we are all free."</p> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:10:00 -0400 Longtime lacrosse rivals Hopkins, Maryland to face off for 114th time <p>The Johns Hopkins University men's lacrosse team closes out its 2016 regular season against Maryland on Saturday afternoon, the 114th meeting in one of the best rivalries in college athletics.</p> <p>The series that dates to a 10-0 Hopkins win in 1895; Hopkins leads the all-time series 71-41-1.</p> <p>The No. 9 Blue Jays (8-4, 3-1) can earn a share of the Big Ten Conference title with a victory. The Terps (11-2, 4-0), ranked No. 3 nationally, have won 10 consecutive games after dropping two of three to start the season.</p> <p>Faceoff is set for 2 p.m. at Homewood Field. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.</p> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:35:00 -0400 Hopkins-Maryland men's lacrosse: A rivalry 121 years in the making <p> <div class="embedded-image force align-full size-full_width portrait"> <img src="//" alt="" /> </div> </p> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:04:00 -0400 Johns Hopkins Graduate Consulting Club hosts sixth annual biotech case competition <p>Teams from Johns Hopkins took second and third place in the sixth annual Biotech and Healthcare Case Competition earlier this month. The April 15 event was organized by the <a href="">Johns Hopkins Graduate Consulting Club</a>.</p> <p>The competition gives participants an opportunity to develop problem-solving, teamwork, and presentation skills over the course of a week. The Johns Hopkins teams joined teams from seven other universities to develop strategic recommendations for <a href="">respEQ</a>, a Hopkins-based healthcare technology startup interested in taking its respiratory disease monitoring device to market.</p> <p>The University of Pennsylvania team "Penn Insights" won the $3,000 first prize.</p> <p>Second place and $2,000 went to "Hermetic Solutions" from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Team members included Michael Ayars, Rosie Jiang, Samantha Semenkow, Alyssa Walker, and Bradley Waters.</p> <p>Third place and $1,000 went to "Gene-ius" from Johns Hopkins, consisting of team members Vasudha Aggarwal, Wendy Yang, Hani Bakhshaee, Jaishree Singh, and Mayriam Robles.</p> <p>The event opened with a keynote address by Jason Kirkness, assistant professor of Medicine and co-founder of respEQ. Sponsors included Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey & Company, ZS Associates, L.E.K. Consulting, Dean & Company, ClearView Healthcare Partners, Beghou Consulting, Navigant, CBPartners, PrepLounge, the Graduate Representative Organization and the Graduate Student Association.</p> <p>The Johns Hopkins Graduate Consulting Club is a graduate student-led group whose mission is to introduce the graduate students, medical students, staff, physicians, scientists, and post-doctoral fellows of Johns Hopkins University to management consulting.</p>