Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse players

The year in photos: A look back at 2018 at Johns Hopkins

Lab-grown eye tissue and solar approaches, robots that skitter around like cockroaches,
The pale purple bloom of a crocus in spring, these are a few of our favorite things.

Days on the Beach playing fetch with a spaniel, eating a donut with President Daniels,
Remembering all that a full year can bring, these are a few of our favorite things.

As 2018 draws to a close, the Hub looks back at some of the images that caught our eye over the past year at Johns Hopkins University.

January

Volunteers prepare food

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

The inaugural Johns Hopkins Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service sent more than 400 employees to 21 nonprofit organizations in Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; and St. Petersburg, Florida, where they devoted part of their workday to helping out in the community.

Two people play fetch with a dog

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

Temperatures topped 60 degrees when students returned to campus for the spring semester.

February

Two people stand in front of a quilt

Image credit: Jim Burger / Homewood Photography

In honor of Black Heritage Month, Johns Hopkins made admission to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum free for university affiliates for one day. More than 500 students, faculty, staff, and their guests visited the museum in downtown Baltimore.

Animated gif of a cockroach and a robot climbing over an obstacle

Mechanical engineering researchers have developed a robot that moves like a cockroach—and retains the bug's evolutionary locomotive advantages for maneuvering over obstacles.

March

Panoramic photo of student protesters

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

About 200 Johns Hopkins students walked out of class on the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The walkout was part of a nationwide protest against gun violence.

A student builds her own banjo

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

Engineering students built their own banjos.

Women's swimming relay team

Johns Hopkins competes in the 800-yard freestyle relay at the NCAA Division III swimming and diving championships in Indianapolis. Hopkins placed fifth overall in the women's meet and fourth overall in the men's meet.

A campus archway in the snow

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

April

Cake remains

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

All that's left of this zombie cake are some messy, blood-red remains. It was baked for the Edible Books Festival, an annual event put on by the Sheridan Libraries.

Spring crocus

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

A child rides a pony at Spring Fair

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

Concerts, vendors, food trucks—Spring Fair, a Hopkins hallmark since 1972, brought the community to the university's Homewood campus.

May

Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse players

The Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team prepares to take the field for the Big Ten tournament championship game against Maryland on May 5 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Blue Jays got five goals from Cole Williams in a 13-10 win against the top-seeded Terrapins, avenging a triple-overtime loss to Maryland just a week earlier.

Graduates in caps and gowns spray champagne

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

About 1,500 students claimed their degrees at the 2018 Commencement ceremony for all JHU divisions and campuses

June

Daniels and trustees in the portal

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

The SNF Agora Institute brought to campus a bright gold Portal equipped with video conferencing technology designed to bring communities together, no matter how far apart they are geographically. JHU President Ronald J. Daniels, members of the board of trustees, and others were able to chat with a group of people in Erbil, Iraq. The Portal, an arts and technology installation, was developed by SAIS alum Amar Bakshi.

A little boy plays a drum

Image credit: HENDERSON-HOPKINS PTA

The Henderson-Hopkins school ended its academic year with a splash, celebrating Family Fun Day with community members, parents, and school staff.

July

Lily pads

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

August

Delta IV Heavy rocket lifts off

Image credit: ED WHITMAN / APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY

Lifting off at 3:31 a.m. on Aug. 12 aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket, the APL-built Parker Solar Probe began its historic journey to the sun's atmosphere, where it will record data and take measurements to help explain the mysteries of Earth's closest star.

A student scales a rock face

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

New students had the chance to get acquainted and challenge themselves during pre-Orientation events.

A student carries her belongings during move-in

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

First-year students flocked to campus in late August, proud parents and family members in tow.

September

Renzo Piano

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

World-renowned architect Renzo Piano visited Johns Hopkins to discuss his approach to building design. He will design the new SNF Agora Institute building on the university's Homewood campus.

October

A family hugs

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

Parents paid a visit to the Homewood campus for Family Weekend.

Colorized image of eye tissue

Biologists at Johns Hopkins successfully grew human retinas in a laboratory dish. The work lays the foundation for developing therapies for eye diseases.

Actors perform in costume

To open their centennial season, the JHU Barnstormers performed The Laramie Project, telling the story of Matthew Shepard, whose 1998 murder became a flashpoint for the gay rights movement.

People attend a vigil

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

More than 100 members of the Johns Hopkins community gathered on the Beach for a candlelight vigil honoring the memories of the 11 people killed by a gunman at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

November

Scientists clap

Image credit: ED WHITMAN / NASA /JOHNS HOPKINS APL

A moment of relief for members of the Parker Solar Probe mission team at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab as they receive a beacon signal indicating the spacecraft was in good health following its first solar encounter.

Sarah Hörst and Amy Wetsch stand inside a sculpture

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

MICA artist Amy Wetsch showcased sculptures she created using materials and inspiration drawn from the lab of Hopkins planetary scientist Sarah Hörst.

Students dance in traditional garb

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

More than 200 student performers took part in the 31st annual Culture Show, a showcase of diversity, music, and dance.

December

Daniels speaks with Glori Mahammitt

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

Johns Hopkins and other partners celebrate the 5,000th pair of glasses given out as part of Vision for Baltimore, a program that provides free vision screenings for all Baltimore City Public Schools students and provides free Warby Parker glasses to those who need them.

Student eat donuts with Daniels

Image credit: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

Students pause for a study break with President Daniels on the last day of Reading Period.